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  • 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
    Männlichen 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 $4,695 per person + air

Single Supplement $925

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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 — as well as 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 8–17 get a $200 discount! Join us for Family Europe: London to Florence in 13 Days!

Dates & Prices

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 18 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

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

  • London panoramic bus tour
  • Thames River cruise
  • Tower of London
  • London–Paris Chunnel train
  • Seine River cruise
  • Paris walking tour
  • Louvre Museum
  • Guédelon Castle
  • Stone-cutting workshop
  • Medieval evening
  • Hiking orientation in the Swiss Alps
  • Swiss fondue tasting
  • Orientation for "vacation" day in the Cinque Terre
  • Pisa
  • Art class
  • Renaissance walking tour
  • Accademia Gallery including Michelangelo's David
  • Tuscan cooking class

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 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
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

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. After a neighborhood orientation walk, we'll climb aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a panoramic tour into the heart of the city. This evening, we'll have fun getting to know one another over dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in London.

Day 2: The Thames and the Tower

This morning is dedicated to the Tower of London, where we'll learn all about England's historic 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, including 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!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Boat: ½ hour. No bus. Sleep in London.

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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Train: 2½ hours. Boat: 1 hour. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Paris.

Day 4: The Historic Heart of Paris

Today 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. The rest of the day is free for exploring more of Paris on your own. You could visit a museum 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, 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.

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

Day 5: Masterpieces and Rural France

Our morning begins with a visit to the magnificent Louvre Museum. With your smartphone in hand and the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app, Rick's voice will guide you through the Louvre's 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.

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

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, and rope-makers and to 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in St. Fargeau, Burgundy.

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 at our creaky old chalet nestled in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 8 hours. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

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 may include 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.

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

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 hills, pristine lakes, and the farms of northern Italy en route to our Mediterranean getaway. This afternoon's destination is the seaside town of Levanto. 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.

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

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 and promenade down Levanto's forgotten 19th Century seaside railway, now wonderfully restored, paved and perfect for biking or walking. Whatever you choose, remember to save time for hanging out on the beach for swimming and sun.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). No bus. Sleep in Levanto.

Day 11: The Culture and Art of Florence

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 walk through the San Lorenzo neighborhood's colorful food and craft markets, taking time for a tasting or two along the way. Then we'll drop into a local artisan's studio for a Flash Art class. After learning about this amazing technique, we'll turn the easel around and give the kids a chance to create their own masterpiece. Your evening is free for dinner on your own.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Florence.

Day 12: Renaissance and Michelangelo's David

This morning we'll meet our local guide for a historical walking tour of Florence, introducing you 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 rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David. Your afternoon is free to scramble to the top of Brunelleschi's big dome (reserve in advance) or tackle the Uffizi Gallery (reserve in advance) to see 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.

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

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

Jim

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first trip to Europe and it did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the family experience and I know my daughters especially enjoyed meeting new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking as a group to the Eiffel Tower and seeing it for the first time in the evening. My wife had told the tours guides that it was my birthday and they broke out the champagne and everyone sang Happy Birthday with the Eiffel Tower in the background. It was a very special moment."

Sharon

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Most places visited were outstanding & itinerary good when followed. Local guides were usually excellent. It was challenging, good experience to use th tubes in London and Metro in Paris. Our free time was useful. Main guide, Martin was good & bad, acted in goofy excentric manner at times. He gave our group wrong starting breakfast time on 3-4 days. In Pisa the tour bus left for 2 hours for what he said was a quick bathroom break. He was informative,witty; then sarcastic,cynical,jaded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Tower of London, cruising Seine at night with sparkling Eiffel Tower, Sound of Music sensations while hiking in the Swiss Alps. Enjoying fabulous Louvre art collections, being captivated by the colorful enchanting setting in the Cinque Terre, in Monterosso eating tasty gelato by moonlight over the Ligurian Sea. First sight of Pisa's Leaning Tower, Cathedral & Baptistry. Pitti Palace and Gardens on our own. Florence Walking tour provided by enthusiastic, articulate local guide."

Michelle

Tour: 08/02/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Day one, our guide let us know that he was "done". This set the tone for the rest of the tour. Having a child on the ASD spectrum who can be struggle with volume control or withholding enthusiasm for things, we thought this tour would be a good fit. We spent the entire time trying to contain our child from irritating others. The group of kids were patient and our son had the time of his life. We were stressed the entire time.

Lisa

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We booked our trip fully familiar with the expectations of Rick Steve's tours in terms of luggage, accommodations, activity level, group interactions, etc. We were able to see far more on our tour, and accomplish far more in terms of experiences, than I'd have been able to compile on my own. The kids and I were all amazed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite activity was seeing the castle-build at Guedelon, and favorite sight-seeing was probably David, at the Accademia."

Virginia

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the ocean at Cinque Terra"

Shelley

Tour: 07/31/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotels and sights were wonderful. I liked the small hotels with staff who welcomed the tour - clearly the company has great relationships. Palazzo del Borgo was my favorite. The balance of programmed time versus free time was good. Sometimes there was too much repetitive instruction from the guide about subways, museum entrances, currency, schedules etc. I understand it needs to be clear to all but so much repetition became frustrating and time-wasting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about the Swiss Alps."

Wyatt

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an awesome vacation. The places we visited were wonderful, the food was excellent and the people (guides, guests and locals) were all quite charming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That’s a tough one because this trip was one big wow after another. I must say that Wengen, Switzerland was the biggest surprise. The beauty of the Alps was an unexpected surprise."

Barb

Tour: 07/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Family Tour was perfect for us. The meals and accommodations were great. Our tour leaders were awesome and really helped make our trip so memorable. The amount of free time was good and added flexibility to the schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The “wow” moment was staying in Wengen Switzerland. The gondola ride up the mountain and hike we’re amazing. Our hotel was lovely and our meal together was fantastic."

Jackijean

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was well paced so we could see lots of countries and places. I thought Bea and Andrea were really good leaders.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the pool in St Fargeau! And the beach at Cinque Terre."

Jeannie

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went so smoothly. Fantastic guides and individualized experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Comparing macarons from a French bakery to McDonalds. My daughter makes macarons, so this was such a treat for her."

Christy

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having my two granddaughters with me was magic. Being able to celebrate my 80th birthday in Paris with champagne and a sparkling Eiffel Tower, well, talk about magic! Being able to take a Rick Steves Tour at this stage of life is such a gift. The group we traveled with was certainly a Rick Steves group. They were friendly, attentive, adventurous and caring. This is my 6th Rick Steves Tour. Four were with grandchildren starting 12 years ago so I have a frame of reference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My birthday in Paris not planned asI was initially on waiting lists. Serendipity?"

Christine

Tour: 07/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. Great guides. Hotels were in very good locations. Food was excellent. Only unhappiness with meals was the advertised fondue dinner in Switzerland that we were greatly looking forward to. It was actually only an appetizer With everyone getting one dip in the cheese. Just enough “kids” activities to keep teens engaged. We thought there was a good mix of tour time & on your own time. Would definitely do again & recommend to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen valley was magnificent. Loved our time there"

Jodi

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We participated in the family tour from London to Florence. It was an arduous trip during Europe’s unanticipated July heat wave, thus we spent a great deal of time inside. The guides were remarkably knowledgeable and quite good with the children.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour had several hands on activities for the families. These were the highlights of the tour."

Connie

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the cooking class we had in Florence for our last meal was the BEST way to end the tour and I think that’s how all tours should end! I’m having a hard time talking about the “overall” experience because the weather was record breaking hot in London and Paris to the point it was intolerable. The rest of the trip it was just miserably hot! Except for London hotel all others didn’t seem to be RS level. Disappointing! This was our 9th tour. Tina and Danai was wonderful!

Laurie

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Taking our adult daughter and our 11-year old granddaughter on this family trip was totally wonderful! It was fast-paced as we had a lot of ground to cover from London all the way down to Florence. In true Rick Steve’s’ fashion, we had so many authentic experiences from medieval stone-carving, to painting and cooking with master artists. We loved our guides, Tina and Danae, and they kept us on track and informed and delighted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As dusk fell and we were walking back from a fabulous dinner in Monterosso in the Cinque Terre, a musician on the walkway above the Mediterranean was playing lovely music on his keyboard. The music, the warm sea air, the village lights reflecting on the water, and the good company made for a magical, nearly indescribable moment in time."

Joanna

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time. The tour was a good balance of seeing sites and museums and fun things that my kids really enjoyed. They also enjoyed that there were so many other kids around their age on the tour that they were able to spend time with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps was amazing! The views were incredible and our guide did a great job of taking us on easy trails. We also enjoyed taking the cog train and stopping at different villages on the way back to our hote."

Judith

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very good group on this tour plus two capable, informative, amusing and helpful guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The color and variety of meadow wildflowers in the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Matthew

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben and Karin were awesome guides. Our family of four, Mom, Dad, two kids 15 & 18 went to Euope together for the first time. Mom and Dad had been to Europe a few times together and separately before the kids were born. The tour experience exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I think the cooking class and family style meal with our tour group on the last night was fun and helped us celebrate our time together."

Lana

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am 12 years old and was one of the kids on the tour, I loved the activities, they were so much fun, but didn't love the city walking tours, except to talk to the other kids. The museums were very cool but it was hard to understand all of the information about them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cows in Switzerland! Wow! And swimming in the crystal-clear water in Monterosso, and how we got to go to so many famous monuments like Big Ben, the Thames River boat trip, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Leaning Tower of Pisa, awesome! Really loved the art class and cooking class. Loved the Chateau in Burgundy and time with my new friends to play and run around."

Allan

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on the family tour. The itinerary allowed us to see many iconic European destinations and my children had an experience of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment of the entire tour was visiting Trommelbach Falls in Switzerland. The walk through the valley was incredible and the falls were truly awe inspiring."

Patricia

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciate the fact Karin (and Ben for part of the trip) went out of their way to create opportunities that involved the kids on the tour as well as the adults. They made each stop, as well as the. Us rides, memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The free day in Switzerland was cloudy, so the mountains were barely visible to us on our hike. The next morning we awoke to gorgeous clear skies and breathtaking mountain vistas that had been there all along but were just now visible."

Amanda

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was fantastic. Very well organized, wonderful guides and bus driver, exciting itinerary, and a joy to share these European adventures with our 2 children and other members of our tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but our Italian cooking class and group meal on the last night was an experience we will always remember."

Lynn

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All went very smoothly. Weather was beautiful. Fellow travelers were delightful. Guides were great. Sites were terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. Amazing scenery. Lots to do. Very pleasant and relaxing."

Ava

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a great "sampler" and included activities for all ages. The tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful in answering questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps was incredible. The hotel was located in a perfect spot to see the mountains everyday."

Joseph

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland's Oberland region, Seeing the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks."

Suzanne

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was everything I’d hoped for and more. The itinerary was great. Our guides were cheerful and helpful, and great at giving us the knowledge and confidence to venture out on our own. We enjoyed our travels without worrying about logistics. The tour was excellently balanced between time on our own to explore what we wanted to see at our own pace, and time with the group - getting to know our fellow tour members and share our impressions and experiences of what we were seeing and doing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Lauterbrunnen and Wengen, Switzerland. Even in the clouds and rain, it was breathtaking."

Anne

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful introduction to Europe for our kids. Our guides Ragen and Jesus are a great team and we appreciate how helpful they were in making sure our COVID-anxious son felt comfortable in group settings. I was hesitant about the 2 longer bus days but they turned out very manageable with plenty of diversions. We especially enjoyed the hotels in St. Fargeau and Wengen due to their kid-friendly outdoor spaces. We are already planning our next Rick Steves Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can only narrow it down to two favorite "wow" moments. The hike between Monterosso and Vernazza in the Cinque Terre (an on-your-own hike). And waking to the sound of the birds and an amazing view from our room in the Alps."

Amy

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I took our two teenage sons on the trip. Each one of us had an amazing experience. I enjoyed the opportunity to experience these beautiful places for myself but also watching my son’s experience them as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Switzerland is “wow!” Everywhere you look there is beauty. The hike in Switzerland was quite an amazing experience for us all."

Katherin

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family normally travels independently so this was a different experience for us but it ended up working out. We really enjoyed getting to know the other people in our group and experiencing things with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several moments that stand out but I loved hiking in the Swiss mountains. My oldest daughter's favorite moment was Medieval night in France and my other daughter loved swimming in Cinque Terre."

Michael

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the bonus of two wonderful and attentive guides instead of one on our Family Tour. Despite Covid, the trip was well organized, and our family received an excellent sampling of contrasts between large cities and small towns. Very educational for the kids as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd say our family was most impressed with the time we had in Switzerland. It is one thing to watch videos of the mountains, but from a Wisconsinite's perspective, BEING in the mountains and sleeping in a mountain town were highlights that can't be experienced in any other manner. The late evening alp horn concert capped off a beautiful evening."

Jerome

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Took the family Europe Tour with our teenage granddaughter. Had a great time even with other kids around. Ragen was our Guide and kept everyone organized, safe, and in good spirits - kids and parents. The Tour exceeded our expectations in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular sights in Switzerland were most impressive and made us want to return."

Lynda

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guides, bus driver, local guides outstanding. Hotels were interesting and comfortable. Downtime was appreciated for a tour with families.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surprise parade of neighborhood rivalries in Florence."

Anna

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed being with other families with children the same ages as ours. Our guides Ben and Andrea were excellent. They worked hard to ensure we had a fantastic vacation despite challenges with the heat, Covid, some tour tickets (and probably other things that I was never even aware of).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley was breathtaking. I enjoyed all the unique hotels, especially our hotel in Florence. Our meal in Cinque Terre was fantastic as well."

Dania

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour with a terrific guide and friendly families. The tour is well paced considering the variety of experiences you have across four countries in just 13 days. If another family tour itinerary returns some day, I hope to sign up!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected parade in Florence was a treat. I really enjoyed watching the kids dance in the gorgeous Alps while the alphorn played."

Chad

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Mind blowing, I'm so ignorant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing swiss alps"

Amanda

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really great! The RS tour guides were knowledgeable, kind, helpful and funny. The guides that we partnered w/ (Beefeaters at the Tower, medieval castle, and in Firenze) were informative and skilled at keeping the pace and information entertaining for all ages. The Louvre was a little too much time and to little guidance for younger kids. Required walking was easily done, and we all enjoyed the freedom to wall and explore more on "free" days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps. They were the favorite of my whole family. I've never seen something so beautiful and awe-inspiring in person."

Germain

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a great time! Saw 4 countries in 2 weeks, and we didn’t have to worry about logistics

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland Alps!! Just as beautiful as the photos we had seen. Amazing!"

Mary

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite COVID & masks, it was a delight to meet new temporary friends and experience group travel with other families. Our guides, Ragen & Bea, made it all look easy, and I know it wasn't. Skipping our way across Europe in 2 weeks is not for the feint of heart, and my grandson & I had an amazing time doing just that with our group. Watching him see Europe for the first time was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the kids really come together as friends at St Fargeau stands out, after London & Paris. From then on they traveled as a friendly "pack". The other "wow" moments were watching my grandson experience Europe for the first time, which were numerous and priceless."

Mike

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, tour group, locations, meals and lessons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Locations and guide explanations."

Amber

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved the tour. Our guides seemed really experienced and prepared, and the whole tour was planned out very nicely. Overall, we thought everything was really enjoyable, but we do wish we had a few more days at each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked seeing the Crown Jewels. The whole Tower of London part was great."

Andrei

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have already enjoyed the Venice-Florence-Rome tour a few years ago, but this tour introduced me to 3 more countries I've never visited (Englend, France, Switzerland) -- and all those introductions were spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a hard one to pick: Elisabetha(sp?)'s Uffizzi tour was definitely spectacular, so was Sarah's Guedelon tour, but so many other places on & off the program were great (the Tower of London, , the underground castle in the Louvre, the spectacular view [complete with cowbells] hiking from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, the Capuchin convent in Monterosso, the Bargello & Musei del Opera, ant many other (even small but significant things like the view of Carrarra from the bus)"

Jennifer

Camas, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour overall! We would have liked a little more touring in Florence but the balance of tour to free time was good overall. We were challenged by our daughter's celiac disease, however. She was exposed to gluten at two of the group dinners and was unable to participate in activites in the following days. I would not recommend this tour to anyone else who has gluten sensitivities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Darreld - seeing and hiking the Alps. Also playing the alpenhorn Jennifer - Tower of London"

Anthony

Portola Valley, CA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the itinerary. While it was rushed, I felt that our family got a good introduction to each of the cities and countires. The itinerary and Tina's excellent leadership kept the kids engaged, which is exactly what we were hoping for in the family tour. All 4 of our kids, aged 8-13, have become more interested in history, and since we've come home, have spent some of their limited electronics time watching history lessons, from Medieval times to WWII.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it's a small moment, I just loved the musical cow bells in the hills above Wengen. The other WOW was the inside of the cathedral and baptistery in Pisa. I really wish we had more time in the cathedral."

Eric

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We decided on the family tour because it offered us exactly what we wanted in a tour. Then when I saw the Guédelon Castle was on the tour, I was sold!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To pick one, impossible. My wow moment was learning so many new things. The fact I thought the leaning Tower of Pisa was out in a field someplace by itself, surprise its not! To Cirque de Terre and Florence, waking at 5:30 and walking along watching the cities come alive. Just hearing cow bells in the Swiss Alps when you wake, and learning Petanque & how to cook pasta was a bonus. Most of all our guides and especially our fellow travelers made the trip wonderful."

Peter

Riva Del Garda, TN

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the London boat,"

Patricia

Riva Del Garda, TN

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything London and the great location, Paris was fun learning to play Pétanque the there was the building The medieval castle hiking in Switzerland and even the Cinque Terre a day on the beach. The kids loved the art class organized by Tina in Florence this really was the holiday of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss mountains."

Debra

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it, was a very friendly group of people, our guides were great, and so helpful!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had never been to Switzerland and Wengen was breathtaking, the Cinque Terre just loved it, and Pisa, was horribly hot but it was summer, the cooking class was lots of fun. A great time!!"

Melinda

Portola Valley, CA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best vacation that we have ever done as a family (four kids ranging from 8 to 13 years of age). Such amazing variety of experiences and places (cities, mountains, beaches and the countryside). So well paced for a family with kids of all ages and still great for the adults. My kids learned so much about the different cultures, foods, and history. We did city tours, metro rides, hikes in the Alps, swims in the Mediterranean, art school, cooking class, museum tours and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the cow bells in the Alps while looking at the most beautiful vista ever!"

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."

Casey

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I went in with an open mind to experience Europe for myself as well as to introduce it to our children. With that I enjoyed all the different cities and their charm. Having a guide to explain the history of the City, culture, art, sculpture or even how to use the metro is what makes it more meaningful. By walking their streets, I felt more connected to the history and stories of people I've only read about. The kids say their favorite is all of Italy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Duomo's Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is just majestic! It's my favorite piece of architecture with it's intricate details, the pink, green and white marble along with the statues, it's engrained in my memory forever! Imagine the skills it took to create it, just WOW!"

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!!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Lynn

Alameda, CA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

What made this trip worthwhile for me was to experience Europe with my family members, including pétanque, Louvre, Swiss Alps, the beach at Monterosso, and wine! Sad we didn't get to the Eiffel Tower because, by the time we received tour info that included a warning to make our own reservations "a few weeks ahead," there were no reservations available! The Eiffel should either be included in the tour or reservations made available to participants at the time of the tour info mailing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were staying in a small town along the Cinque Terre and it was HOT - another heat wave in Europe. My family decided to bypass ambitious plans to hike or go boating and instead enjoyed slowly wandering among the shops. After lunch, laying in a lounge chair on the beach, watching my family playing in the Mediterranean waters, I quietly said "wow." The view could not have been found on the US east or west coast, it was uniquely Cinque Terran."

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."

Janice

Waseca, MN

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour, full of interesting sites of three great cities of the world(London, Paris, and Florence) and the awesome Swiss Alps and Cinque Terre. It was particularly special as we traveled with our daughter(Trisha) and her family.The tour experience was relaxing, the tour guide,Martin was available for any questions regarding where to eat, activities to do, and he was a great source of knowledge regarding the art and history. Great tour! Kids(8 and 9 y/o) loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all a "WOW" moment, especially liked Florence and the duomo, just breath taking! And of course the Swiss Alps, who could not be in awe of such a natural wonder!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Madison

Boulder City, NV

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, it was beautiful"

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"

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."

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."

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."

When To Go & Weather

Since family vacation time is generally during the summer months, we offer our Family Europe tours in June, July, and early August. June offers milder weather and fewer crowds. In July and August, temperatures can reach the 80s and 90s, but this is also the time that many Europeans go on vacation, leaving the major cities less crowded.

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 tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into 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.