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  • Salzburg
  • Sound of Music Bike Tour
  • Saltria, Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm, Dolomites, Italy
    Alpe di Siusi, Italian Alps
  • Zugspitze, German Alps
  • Bavaria
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany
    Neuschwanstein Castle
  • On the Grütschalp–Mürren trail, Berner Oberland, Switzerland
    Berner Oberland, Swiss Alps
  • Mont Blanc, French Alps

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My Way® Alpine Europe in 12 Days

from $2,595 per person + air

Single Supplement $575

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This trip delivers endless opportunities for fresh-air thrills — from Austria's Sound of Music country to flower-carpeted meadows in Italy's Dolomites, fairy-tale castles in Germany's Bavaria, cut-glass peaks in Switzerland's Berner Oberland, and spectacular scenery in France's Chamonix. For a dozen free-spirited days, this money-saving My Way vacation package gives you the freedom to decide your own daily priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in well-located hotels, private bus transportation to each destination, and a travel-savvy tour manager to advise you along the way. Join us for My Way®: Alpine Europe in 12 Days!

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What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotels and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Salzburg to Chamonix
  • 11 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for tour manager and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (or get free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of sights, museums, and neighborhoods in Germany and Austria. Also includes Rick's radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • 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 prior to 2021
  • 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

Costs not covered: As this is not a guided tour, you will be responsible for the cost of all your lunches, dinners, drinks, admissions, sightseeing, and non-group transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly.

Itinerary

Sightseeing notes

(r) = reserve a time before you leave the US
* = included in Rick's
Audio Europe™ app

Day 1: Welcome to Salzburg

Welcome to Austria's charming city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. We'll rendezvous at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a group get-together. Your tour manager will give an overview of the days ahead, answer your questions, and offer a quick orientation to our neighborhood. Then you're free for dinner on your own, and maybe an evening stroll around Salzburg's delightful, pedestrian-friendly Old Town*. Sleep in Salzburg (2 nights). No bus today.

Day 2: All Day in Salzburg

Today is all yours for savoring Salzburg. Begin or end your day with a climb up to the fortress and its sweeping view of the city and surrounding mountains. You can also enjoy exploring the town's Baroque churches, playful fountains, and colorful markets. Rent a bike for an easy ride and picnic along the Salzach River, try your hand at "Do-Re-Mi" by joining a Sound of Music bus tour, or take an excursion out to nearby Berchtesgaden to see Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest retreat (r). No bus today.

Day 3: Dolomites Drive to Italy

We'll spend this morning enjoying breathtaking views as we drive into Italy, where the forested Austrian Alps give way to the chiseled 10,000-foot peaks of the Italian Dolomites. After a mid-day stop for lunch, we'll reach our cozy mountain retreat nestled at the foot of Europe's largest (and arguably most beautiful) Alpine meadow, the Alpe di Siusi. Dotted with farms and crowned by towering granite cliffs, this high-altitude plateau offers hundreds of miles of trails with an array of challenging hikes and easy walks to suit everyone's pace. Grab an evening aperitivo and toast to nature's splendor as the setting sun paints the mountains pink. Sleep near the Alpe di Siusi area (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours.

Day 4: All Day in the Alpe di Siusi

Today your options are as wide-ranging as the surrounding mountains. Chairlifts abound, providing springboards for the day's adventures. Take a leisurely stroll through rolling green pastures and befriend a free-roaming cow or two. Duck into a hut café to rub elbows with locals and sample traditionally prepared South Tirolean treats. For those with more energy, ridge trails get the heart pumping and provide unforgettable vistas with every step. Feeling a little more cosmopolitan? At Bolzano, the gateway to the region, cobbled lanes pave the way to a colorful street market and the impressive South Tirol Museum of Archaeology, home to 5,300-year-old Ötzi the Iceman. No bus today.

Day 5: To the Zugspitze and Bavaria

This morning we'll head northwest, into Austria's Tirol country. On the way, you'll have some free time (weather permitting) to ride a gondola lift to Germany's highest point, the 9,700-foot Zugspitze. At the top, you'll stand with one foot in Germany and the other in Austria, enjoying vistas of each. Then we're off to the charming riverside village of Füssen in beautiful Bavaria. Follow Rick's walking tour around the old town, or maybe take an afternoon bike ride across the Lech River to mountain-ringed meadows. This evening is perfect for sitting in an outdoor beer garden, and hoisting a liter-size mug with new friends. Prost! Sleep in or near Füssen (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours.

Day 6: Bikes, Hikes and Castles

King Ludwig's fairy-tale Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles (r) are less than an hour's walk, or a quick bus, bike, or taxi ride, away. The Bavarian countryside is laced with wonderful bike paths, so you might rent a bike and ride to the nearby castles in Schwangau, to Tegelberg for a luge ride (or cable-car ride up to hiking trails), or over the border into Austria to explore the Ehrenberg Castle ruins in nearby Reutte. Be sure to break for coffee (or a cold eiscafe) with cake at a café along the way. No bus today.

Day 7: On to the Best of Switzerland

Today we'll drive across Bavaria and climb high into the heart of the Swiss Alps. By dinner time we'll be in the Berner Oberland's magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, flanked by vertical, waterfall-laced cliffs and crowned by a trio of Switzerland's most formidable alps: the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. After settling into our creaky old chalet, you'll find hearty dinner options and spectacular views just a short walk away. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley (3 nights). Bus: 6 hours.

Day 8: All Day to Explore the Swiss Alps

This morning you'll wake up in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. Take off on a mountain excursion that combines the local cog railway, a gondola up to Männlichen, and a spectacular Alpine walk above the tree line, surrounded by a vista of snow-white peaks. You can also book a seat on the Jungfraujoch train, which leads to Europe's best glacier panorama. You'll have one more full day in this Alpine paradise, so there's plenty of time to stop and smell the wildflowers. No bus today.

Day 9: Another Day of Swiss Adventures

Today is all yours to explore the opposite side of the valley and beyond: Ride a gondola lift to the top of the 10,000-foot Schilthorn, take in the 360-degree panoramic view, and hike back down. For a more restful day, stroll the valley floor and visit thundering Trümmelbach Falls: a unique set of roaring waterfalls carved deep into the mountainside. Finish your Swiss adventures with the region's hot and hearty specialty, Rösti. No bus today.

Day 10: To the French Alps

This morning we'll head west toward France and our final Alpine destination: the resort town of Chamonix, site of the first Winter Olympics. Spend the afternoon soaking in the French Alps ambience at the foot of Europe's highest peak (at 15,780 feet), the mighty Mont Blanc. Consider taking the gondola lift to Le Brévent for a spectacular view, and end your day enjoying a traditional dinner of raclette or fondue. Sleep in Chamonix (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours.

Day 11: Aiguille du Midi Dreamin'

Today is your day to enjoy the wonders of the French Alps. You can choose between several great hiking trails with stunning views of Mont Blanc and a supporting cast of Alps that seem to stretch forever. For one of Europe's great Alpine thrills (weather permitting), take Europe's longest vertical gondola ride up to the 12,600-foot Aiguille du Midi viewpoint. From there, mini-gondolas take travelers over the snowfields and on to Italy (and back!). Or, if you prefer, simply find a café table with a view in Chamonix, and take the day off in après-ski style. No bus today.

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

From Chamonix, you can book a convenient two-hour shuttle bus ride to Geneva's airport. Your tour manager will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Au revoir!

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 My Way®: Alpine Europe in 12 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. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  3. Be able to navigate hiking trails, towns, and cities on your own.
  4. Be responsible for your own daily sightseeing, admissions, meals (except breakfasts), and non-group transportation.

Reviews

Lauren

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We LOVED this trip. It was our first Rick Steves tour and will definitely not be our last. It was wonderful to choose our own daily itinerary without having to worry about transportation or accommodations. We loved the hiking, the food, and the stunning alpine views. Our biggest pleasant surprise was the people. We picked a "My Way" tour because we weren't sure if we would like being on a tour with a 25 other people, but our fellow travelers ended up being one of the highlights of the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in the Dolomites on a beautiful afternoon, seeing the magnificent Schlern peeking through the clouds, being able to walk from our gorgeous hotel straight to a lift that took us up the mountain to meet a friendly (hungry) group of pygmy goats, then hiking all the way back down into town. Perfection!"

Johnathan

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was outstanding with all the details taken care of so we could enjoy the beauty and wonderment of the alpine country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments daily on this trip but the biggest "wow" experience happened upon arrival at the isolated plateau at Transbodeli in the Swiss Alps. Being instantly engulfed into a natural amphitheater of snow-capped glacier-lined peaks that felt like I could reach out and touch them was indescribable. I would highly recommend this hike. Definitely 5 star"

Dean

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had so much fun. It was a great experience. The places we visited, the hiking, my hiking companions I met on the tour were all beyond my expectations. I didn't know how we would all interact on this "My Way" tour, but it was a good, friendly group. We had everything from people who didn't hike at all but rode the lifts for scenery, ate and shopped to people who did crazy scary adventure hiking. We all got along and enjoyed each other's company as we traveled or met around the hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to limit it to only one "wow" moment, but I will go with the first full day of hiking above Castelrotto. Everything was still new to us, we were all excited, we were still getting to know one another, the weather was perfect and the views were stunning. It was a perfect day."

Christian

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It is a great experience for "solo" travelers, having the option to plan your day as it goes, without any pressure of time to make it for something prearranged. Having the ability to plan to do where/when you want to go, see and do for the day is great. Having the comfort that the transportation and hotels are arranged for you is great, so you don't have to think about planning for that, or figure out what bus/train to take to your next destination and how to make it to the hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment pretty much was being able to go up to the alps, and see beautiful views any way/direction you look."

Katherine

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this trip. Salzburg was a perfect first stop (plenty to see and do while adjusting to the time change), and hiking in the Dolomites and the Jungfrau region was unforgettable. Don was a terrific tour manager, Paul an amazing driver, and we greatly enjoyed getting to know the others on the tour. If I were to change one thing it would be to skip the stay in Fussen and spend time in another hiking location in Bavaria, or add more time in the Dolomites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many jaw-dropping "wow" moments hiking in the Italian and Swiss Alps. My absolute favorite was the view cresting the trail to Tranzbodeli outside of Gimmelwald. It was a 360 degree panorama with mountains so close I felt as though I could reach out and touch them!"

Jane

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour and felt fortunate to have a great group of travelers sharing the experience with us. Don did a wonderful job of explaining options in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Seceda in the Dolomites and the hike between Mannlichen and Kleine Scheidegg"

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I had hoped for! We were fortunate to have great weather for most of the trip which amplified the already gorgeous scenery. The hotels and bus were very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking above Lauterbrunnen--we could not take a bad picture! The scenery was so beautiful!"

Brad

Coppell, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an outstanding trip! Exactly what we were looking for as it allowed us to do as we wished while taking care of accommodations and travel between destinations. Everything was extremely well coordinated. We will definitely do a My Way tour again one day!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen was sensational in its beauty. My favorite fun day was renting electric bicycles in Fussen, riding up to the castles and visiting several beer gardens on the way back into town."

Matthew

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized with many fun opportunities and great support by Mary. Hotels were good and transportation excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking high in the Alps. Also Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg."

Sarah

Abingdon, VA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd tour with your company and one I had been thinking about for 6 years. I adore the My Way style of traveling, it suits my independent personality very well. The hotels this time were amazing; much larger than I expected as I had a single supplement. Some truly beautiful rooms and the locations chosen for charm and convenience. My fellow hikers and bus buddies were friendly and we paired up for dinner and hiking. A great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was in Lauterbrunnen Valley - each year the farmers bring their cattle down from the upper mountain pastures to winter in the valley. This year we were lucky enough to see them (and hear them) as they made their way down from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen - flowers on their heads, and bells on their necks, they made their way down. They came in groups with the locals leading them on - happy smiles and bells ringing as they made their way down the mountain. It was incredible!"

Amy

Radford, VA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lovely tour through the heart of the Alps. It is a nice sampling of the best of the Alps. Each stop must have been picked to give you easy access to the hikes and lifts available. Castelrotto was one of our favorites, it's a beautiful town with so much charm. I would suggest travelers adding at least one day in Chamonix, in case of cloudy or rainy weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hotel in Castelrotto was amazing."

Joan

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was perfect. The stops offered a variety of things to do and see from the cathedrals, the hikes, cooking classes too My favorite when the townspeople brought the cows down from the Alps and parades them thru town. Will definitively do another My- way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be impossible to choose just one. But I think what made it go from a good trip to a great trip was Mary. She was always available to help you out or answer any questions. When they lost my luggage and I needed medication I called my travel insurance co. They advised me to go to the local hospital which was over an hour away. When Mary heard that she grabbed her jacket and walked to to the local dr. Waiting 20 minutes my prescriptions were being filled."

Carol

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We signed up for the tour because we wanted to hike in the Alps without having to worry about all of the logistics. We were not disappointed. The tour provided a good sampler of high altitude hiking spots, a helpful orientation to useful information about each place, and a chance to meet other folks from across the country who share an appreciation for exploring high mountains. Our escort was exceptional in the way she ensured each individual could find what they wanted to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It may have been when we rented a car in Salzburg, and drove to Hallstatt, the site of the oldest salt mine in the world. At the UNESCO World Heritage Museum, we saw artifacts, including a fur cap from 15,000 years ago! Perhaps it was when we hiked in the Dolomites, and observed those unusual peaks rising above the horizon, or hiking near Lauterbrunnen, with the wonderful waterfalls, or at Chamonix, with incredible views while hiking from Plan de l'Aiguille to Montenvers-Mer de Glace."

Linda

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the My Way Tour of the Alps! I like having the freedom during the day to do what we like and not be matched around in a group following a leader holding an umbrella ?? The schedule was well planned and bus ride not too long most days. Our driver was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride up the Zugspitze gondola gave me a breath taking view of the Alps?? I had no idea they went so many miles. It made the Cascades or Rocky Mts look so small."

Melanie

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In 2000 my 18 yr old son and I did your Best of Europe in 21 Days tour and it's been the best trip of my life ... until this trip!! We saw so much in 21 days. Amazing trip! On this My Way trip I wanted to slow down and smell the roses ... or fresh Alpine air in this case! Especially in Grimmelwald! This trip was exactly what I was looking for .... dependable transportation and unique hotels off the beaten path ... which RS is SO good at finding! It was a fantastic, dream-come-true trip!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I bought a beautiful, large tapestry of the Swiss Alps shortly after my trip in 2000. I look at it every day of my life because it reminds me of the treasured experience staying at Walker's ... taking the tram up, then hauling our luggage up to Hotel Mittaghorn. Grimmelwald was my top destination on this trip and walking down from Mürren and coming upon Walter's place on a gorgeous day ... realizing I was actually back in Grimmelwald ... that was my WOW moment!!! Then drinks at the Biergarten ?"

Connie

Orange, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I decided this year to try doing two Rick Steves' trips back to back. Directly after finishing our Best of Germany tour, we went on the My Way Alpine trip. It was a terrific experience - the tour manager, Mary, could not have been more capable, friendly, efficient, helpful. What a wonderful complement this tour was to the Germany tour - here it was breathtaking nature and spectacular scenery, there it had been compelling history and lots of times in cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley, without question. Trummelbach Falls, hiking up near the Jungfrau, the cows coming down the hillside for 'alpabfahrt'."

Jane

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic trip through alpine Europe. Enjoyed the "my way" option as we could tailor our experiences to our preferences and hiking ability levels. Great group of travelers with small groups getting together for activities or dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the parade of cows and proud families as the cows were brought from the higher alps for summer grazing down to the winter pastures. Quite a sight with the cow's horns decorated with flowers and ribbons and hearing the cacophony of cowbells as they passed us."

Angela

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was very good. It hit the highlights of Alpine Europe in an enjoyable manner. It was a good mix of hiking opportunities, charming town visits and sightseeing. The tour management was excellent and the tour group was congenial. The My Way experience is a good fit for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was riding the gondola to the top of Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze and spending some time soaking up the scenery and sunshine while there. I also was wowed by the Italian Dolomites. Spectacular!"

Timothy

Mount Pleasant, SC

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. Overall experience was led very well by Don. It was a good balance of details, yet allowed us to plan our own daytime activities and restaurants. Don was great at explanations and overall context of the culture, food, people, and detailed highlights. The lodgings were great with locations, cleanliness, breakfast, and other request we had of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wengen. Great base city to spend time in the Lauterbruen valley, with Don having personal connections to this region."

Lori

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way tour and it was better than expected. The Alpine locations along with the independent hiking helped make our selection. It was a great trip. We highly recommend the My Way style of traveling. Our tour guide kept us well prepared while allowing the freedom we wanted at each stop. We also liked the order of the itinerary with the progressing elevation gain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two wow moments standout - breaking through the clouds at Jungfraujoch and the Trammell Bach Falls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Linda

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. The scenery was unbelievable, the group of fellow travelers was very enthusiastic, interesting, (and nice) and the accommodations were mostly top notch, with again some phenomenal views. I would do it again in a hearbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count: The view from our room in the Dolomites, the view from our room in Wengen, the views from so many different places."

Samuel

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 7th Rick Steves tour, first My Way. It was a great experience and I enjoyed being able to move about on our own schedules.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" moment was the Panorama gondola ride from Aiguille du Midi to Heilbrunner. But, this itinerary provides many. I have been to the Jungraujoch, Schilthorn, and Alpe di Siusi before, but was still "wowed" by them."

Edward

Evanston, IL

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well-planned and it was an excellent selection of beautiful places. Even the bus rides (which I thought would be boring) were extremely scenic and also provided a good opportunity to plan for the next destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had very clear weather for a walk from Murren to Gimmelwald and then through the valley to Lauterbrunnen. It was the most beautiful hike I have ever experienced."

Silvia

Santa Paula, CA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was as great as the last Rick Steves tour we took. Organized and well thought out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing views in the alps!"

Carol

West Chester, PA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding and spunky tour guide in Kathleen, and the ease of arrival and departures, the breakfasts, and the wonderfully convenient central locations were all big pluses! The people on our group were all such genuine and friendly folks so that we always had fun running into them various places. The "my way" freedom to do anything at all all day long worked out so well for everyone. We biked some days, hiked some, and just were tourists on some days. The accommodations were nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gorgeous scenery in the Dolomites, and in Switzerland and Mt. Blanc!"

Harold

West Chester, PA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience with a tour. We could not have been more pleased with the idea that we could be driven from place to place and yet be on our own during the day. Probably the best thing about the trip was our guide Kathleen. Her knowledge of each place we visited was a great help and her positive friendly manner made the trip fun.

David

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Kathleen Cavalier is an exceptional person and guide. Fun group of travelers and happy campers so all is well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps are spectacular despite global warming with glaciers melting on all fronts."

Carolynne

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

After experiencing the camaraderie of the regular RS tours, I wondered if this would be lacking on the My Way Tour but I'm pleased to say that it was always a pleasure to encounter other tour members on the trails and on the streets and there were many opportunities to eat together and to discuss the day. What a simpatico group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many Peak experiences on this tour, I will always remember my amazement when the cable car rounded the cliff top at Compatsch and the eerie glory of the Dolomites surrounding the Alpe di Siusi was revealed. Absolute paradise and unlike any other alpine landscape I've ever seen!"

David

Dartmouth, NS

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour. Has been a "bucket list" item for many years. Loved our tour-mates, bus and driver Derrick. Kathleen provided excellent guidance about destinations, activities etc. The destinations were perfect for the Alps experience. Each country had a different flavour. It all added up to perfection.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The alpine meadows in the Dolomites for it's expansive splendor. The 12000+'summit in Chamonix for it's rugged and frozen grandeur. Both were equally WOW."

Roxanne

Monroe, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way is perfect for my family. I love to research (part of the experience for me) and yet feel great to have such a valuable resource on the trip a Rick Steve's tour guide! Also freeing that travel from area to area is covered and I can spend that time relaxing and learning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was Lauterbrunnen valley. Our weather was perfect blue sky, crisp white mountain tops, flowers and cows along the walk. It wasn't so much as a single moment but 3 wonderful days that had me very sad to leave the area. With so much to see in the world I rarely think I will visit an area twice but my heart needs to go back to the valley!"

Bruce

Wilsonville, OR

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful countryside and excellent assistance from Cary, our tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We both absolutely loved the Lauterbrunnen Valley area. We also enjoyed the Dolomites and Chamonix"

Robin

El Sobrante, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything! The alpine itinerary, the My Way concept, our guide Cary, our fellow awesome travel-mates, hotels, and our terrific bus driver Will!!! I do agree with a past My Way traveler that it helped to have been to a couple places before, so we were a little more oriented & discriminating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The main attractions of Chamonix, the Alpe di Suissi, Lauterbrunnen/Murren and even the Zugspitze were all tough to choose between, but Murren is still first and the Dolomites second--both magical in their own rights."

Mary Jane

Yardley, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have been on several tours with Rick Steves but never a My Way Tour. This itinerary was a perfect one for a My Way tour as it involved many opportunities for outdoor activities which you would not necessarily want to do as a full group. I loved visiting the different Alpine regions and our guide Cary was so personable and very helpful in setting our daily itinerary. The tour was just the right mix of personal touring and group interaction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I am writing this well after the tour ended, the memory that has stuck with me was the day that I thought would bring the biggest disappointment. In the Lauterbrunnen valley region, we arrived via train and chair lift to our day's hike and it was totally fogged in. We plodded onward and the vista revealed itself slowly as we walked, going from a light snow with no views to sun and a total high peaks panorama by the end of the trail. It was magical!"

Susie

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an experience of a lifetime! We saw waterfalls, cows with bells, walked inside a glacier, went down a luge, and hiked and hiked the most beautiful alps in the world. I cannot describe their beauty. Cary was far above an excellent guide. Her knowledge is outstanding and she is very sweet too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was hiking to the huts in the Swiss Alps. Just taking it all in while sipping coffee and eating apple strudel. It's breathtaking!"

Christopher

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great to visit 5 different countries in the Alps. Choice of cities and hotels were good. Bus was comfortable and driver good. Cary did a good job giving us plenty of options to keep us busy. Scenery was outstanding. Breakfasts were good. Fellow travelers were friendly and nice. Beds were hard and not good for sharing, with either a small or large gap between sides. Lots of extra expense for lifts and gondolas but not sure any way around this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Alpe de Siusi and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Everywhere you turned you wanted to take another picture."

Faith

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved absolutely everything about it!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment was a Wow moment"

Victor

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have no negatives on this tour. It was simply a wonderful and relaxing tour with great members on the tour. The hotels and transportation was remarkably efficient. The destinations and activities at each location were "spot on." From the first day, the tour manager effectively groomed the tour into a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Quite simply, the unique majestic beauty and peace of each individual location."

Cathy

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour a lot. I have never done a my way tour before so I did not know what to expect. The tour went beyond my expectations. The places we went were wonderful and I enjoyed each place for what they had to offer. I enjoyed being away from the big cities and to be able to wonder around the little towns by myself with no problems or worry for safety. Our tour guide, Cary, was helpful and very friendly. She had great ideas and suggestions for us each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps! I have not been back to Europe for over 30 years and I know I had been to Switzerland before but I think it was the town we were in that made them seem so much more amazing."

Michael

Yardley, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our first MyWay trip, after 9 regular Rick tours, was a really fun experience. Everything worked out well; our guide Cary was incredible, the mountains and hiking was great, the town and city hotels were very nice, and the other people on the trip were lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose just one; the magic garden in Salzburg, arriving in Castlerotto in the Dolomites, hiking above Latterbrunen, the luge run on the way to Chamonix are the ones that stand out."

Patricia

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour of the Alps was beautiful with varied levels of exploring daily. Our guide Cary was outstanding at providing group and individual guidance and being very available to all. I personally would prefer no less than 3 days in one location. It was a lot of moving. The hotel Cavallino d'Oro in Castelrotto was very lovely and I would gladly return there. The other hotels were very dark and dated with very hard uncomfortable beds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dolomites and the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland."

Robert

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an absolutely fantastic trip! This was our second Rick Steve's My Way tour. As with our first My Way (Italy), it was great to have all logistics (hotel and transportation) taken care of for us but still be left free to set our own agenda for each day. Our tour manager, Cary, was very knowledgeable, helpful, and enthusiastic in planning our days, which was great because there were so many options of things to see. The variety of locations was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one "wow" moment because there were so many. The memory I go back to most is hiking on the trails at the foot of the Eiger. Walking in the Swiss Alps through green pastures full of cows with their cowbells ringing while looking up at the snowy peaks of the Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau was like a dream."

Robin

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

No words or even pictures can capture how epic this trip was. No matter where I hiked, the views were unbelievably spectacular - and they just kept coming! Each stop offered so many options that it was hard to quit and go to sleep at night. On a My Way tour, you choose your activities, but you are not on your own. Our guide, Cary, provided tips, tricks and directions to get us there faster. A bonus of tour was running into tour friends on the trail or in town. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cary challenged us to have a wow moment every day. I did, and it's hard to choose a favorite. I'll choose the place I'd return to first - the Panorama hike in the Dolomites near Kastelruth. Panorama means that you periodically need to turn around and look behind you too - I wish I had eyes in the back of my head! It was a challenging and beautiful hike, and at the end, I felt I was at the top of the world."

Sharon

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves European tour and we were not disappointed. The bus driver (Paul) was the same driver we has 8 years ago on The Best of Europe in 14 days tour. So it was like meeting up with a friend the first day. Kathleen was very warm and easy to get to know. She also felt like a friend.;

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place was somewhat different, so the beauty of each new place."

David

West Chester, OH

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Switzerland Alps."

James

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I don't particularly like the process of trying to get transportation and hotels in countries we know nothing about and have never been to. The "My Way" tour concept was perfect for us. You booked the hotels, arranged the transportation plus a guide with ideas of what to do, where to go, good restaurants in the area, etc. The rest of it was like we were traveling on our own. We went where we wanted to go and when we wanted to go, we were not tied to a tour group and its schedules.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the cable cars up to the Aiquille du Midi with its amazing views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding Alps. That was our favorite "wow" moment but we just loved Chamonix because there were so many unforgettable hikes that started right outside our hotels doors."

Rollin

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a fantastic experience because it provided a chance to see the Alps from a variety of ways including hiking, biking, cograil trains, and gondola rides. Even though we live near the the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, we were impressed by the dramatic nature of the Alps. The tour also provided a chance to experience the culture, people, and food in the Alp towns. We also had a great tour group that made it a fun adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments would be a tie between the fantastic mountain views at the Schilthorn and Birg lift stations in Lauterbrunnen, the Mannlichen-Klein Sceidegg and Wengernalp hike in Lauterbrunnen, and the Alguille du Midi gondola ride to the lift station in Chamonix. The mountain views were truly amazing! The James Bond Brunch at Schilthorn and skyline and thrill walks at Birg also were fun. The Dolomites also were beautiful, but the weather was mostly cloudy during the second day."

Connie

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour with the perfect itinerary. The sites were well planned and travel times spaced out to maximize our time. Our guides, Cynthia and Cary, were excellent and went the extra mile to ensure a great time. Fabulous countries and scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were in Bolzano, Italy, we took a gondola up to dinner above the city. Our first sight of the Dolomites was wonderful! We found a restaurant with an outdoor patio, and with 10 of our other tour mates we had a great meal. While getting to know our tour mates during dinner, a full moon rose above the Dolomites providing an incredible moonrise and many ooohs and ahhhhhs. Even the staff came out to admire it. It was a magical evening."

Mary

Mount Ephraim, NJ

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "My Way" set-up was perfect for me. It took the headache out of planning, and left me able to do the activities I knew I would enjoy. Cynthia gave an excellent synopsis of what to expect and how to get around during the bus ride to the next stop. The quick walking tour upon arrival was also extremely helpful in letting us know where to catch the bus,train, or lift. I didn't get lost once! (At least not for long!) I genuinely loved each location on the Alpine tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there were more,"Wow, that's beautiful!" moments than I can count, our lunch stop on the Zugspitze in Germany was a fun and unexpected side trip with excellent views and tasty bratwurst!"

Fred

Longwood, FL

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For exceeded our expectations. Great information and just enough to let us do our own thing as well. Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. Cynthia and Carrie set us up well for everything."

Michael

Sidney, OH

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very pleased with the overall trip and it met my expectations.The weather played tricks on us in several key areas;Eagle's Nest - Salzburg one (1) day and one (1) day in Lauterbrunnen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment was in Chaminoix, France. This actually occurred during the one (1) extra day stay on Sat.8/24 when we decided to revisit the Aiguille du Midi and took the lift to Helbronner-Italy."

James

Valencia, PA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything about our My Way Alpine tour. Our tour guide, Cynthia Ballard, was helpful, knowledgeable and personable. Our bus was modern and comfortable and our driver, Paul was excellent and a really really cool guy. We signed up for this tour because of the freedom it provided and we weren't disappointed in any way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel room in Lauterbrunnen Valley Switzerland was probably my favorite. It was breathtaking!"

Heather

Stow, OH

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour but first my way. I loved it! It was nice having transportation and housing taken care of. My guide was helpful and knowledgeable. The freedom to go where and when I wanted was great. I'd love to have more my way options available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Lauterbrunnen Was my favorite area. The setting was perfect the hotel we stayed in was perfect it was absolutely the best part of the whole trip"

Gwyn

Banner, WY

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great first trip to Europe! The "My Way" approach provided the combined benefits of pre-arranged travel and lodging courtesy of the Rick Steve's program, an experienced tour manager to answer questions and provide guidance regarding each stop and its opportunities, and individual flexibility to create one's own experiences along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tandem paragliding in the Lauterbrunnen Valley of the Swiss Alps!!"

Kristy

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was perfect for us because we like to have flexibility in our day to day schedule. The Rick Steves guidebook was an invaluable resource. We loved being able to plan what we wanted to do in each location without the stress of figuring out transportation and choosing hotels. The hotels were fabulous and we loved the itinerary! It was great to have a guide available to ask questions. We would not hesitate to do another Rick Steves My Way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult because there were many "WOW" moments! Hiking in the Italian Dolomites! The view of Staubbach Falls from our hotel window in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Going to the top of the Schilthorn and then hiking the North Face Trail. Hiking on a trail ridge winding down to Wengernalp with views of Mt. Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. In Chamonix, riding in the gondola to the top to view Mt. Blanc. Overall, the wildflowers, expansive green valleys, and waterfalls were spectacular!"

Phyllis

Boulder, CO

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the trip. I would do the trip again in a heartbeat. If I could tweak the itinerary, I might have skipped Fussen. There isn't too much to do there...and the Castle, while beautiful was WAY too touristy. I would have preferred to have another day in Chamonix, Salzburg or the Dolomites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one "Wow" moment. We took several phenomenal hikes in the Alps. We walked under waterfalls. The views were spectacular. We navigated cows and horses on the trail. We enjoyed gourmet lunches at restaurants miles from any road. There was a "wow" experience every day."

Steve

Boulder, CO

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really like the My Way tour style. You solve for so much of the hassle factor with touring small cities in Europe. Our tour guide, Cynthia, was excellent --- just the right amount of guidance. She is super knowledgable on Europe and the Alps. Totally helpful with customizing a Day trip for me in Chamonix !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a great Raclette lunch with new tour friends from Iowa on a rainy day in Chamonix at a restaurant that Cynthia reccomended. Going up to the top on the Aguille du Midi tram. Wow ! Scary and thrilling. 80km bike ride through 2 valleys in lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. [I had an eBike !] This was the highlight of the trip for me. the scenery is mind blowing."

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The pace was a little tiring but I do enjoy going to lots of different places. Two of the hotels had beds that were pretty bad. Very good trip overall. Lots of hiking, sightseeing, good food, and great moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland."

Roger

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip with good guidance from Cynthia on things to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel in Laterbrunenn had such great views and was close to everything."

Heidi

Mckenna, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded our expectations! We had never seen Europe before and chose the Alpine tour based on others' reviews. The locations and hotels were ideal. We couldn't haven chosen them any better. The small group was just right. We all got along well and made new friends along the way. The bus experience was terrific,very comfortable & the driver (Will),confident and experienced. Our escort Ruth Ann was AMAZING!...very helpful, preparing us along the way for each city and visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many WOW moments! We loved the Alpine experience...seeing and hiking numerous, gorgeous mountain sides and experiencing European cultures. The food was amazing and we enjoyed the camaraderie among the group."

Patricia

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a blast! I loved the structure of the "MY WAY" Alpine Tour: hotels and transportation were all set for us, but we were able to hike and explore on our own. It was fun choosing our own restaurants too. We had fantastic meals wherever we went and enjoyed each town/city. The mountains were all ours to enjoy as we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the Alps on our hikes. Just breathtaking around every bend, and we could explore at our leisure."

Katherine

Edgewater, CO

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of my trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I always dreamed of going to Switzerland, and when we wound down the mountain into the Valley to our hotel, I had tears in my eyes, it was so beautiful!!"

Dianne

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was just as I anticipated, except maybe even better. The tour book and our escort made planing our activities easy every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. Loved the view of Staubach Falls form our good sized balcony each evening. Hike on both sides of valley were spectacular."

John

Mckenna, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip went well beyond our expectations. The Alps are more majestic and beautiful than pictures alone can convey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments, but meeting Rick Steves in person at our hotel in Castelrotto ranked up there with hiking the North Face trail above Gimmelwald."

Robert

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding in every way. Nothing negative to say whatsoever. Itinerary, tour guide, hotels and the great advice from the guide book made it the best vacation we ever had

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Berner Oberland-from the "drop dead" use from our hotel balcony to the Mannlichen hike, it was unbelievable"

John

Sedona, AZ

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour experience very much. We have been on 4 previous Rick Steves Tours, but this was our first My Way Tour. Gretchen, our Tour Manager, did a wonderful job. All of the locations were wonderful and different.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Wow moment ( and there were a number of them) had to be the sunset overlooking the town of Castelrotto and the Dolomites. We especially loved the Dolomites and woill travel there again in the future."

Leon

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary. Great tour manager. Like-mined companions. The itinerary took us to several wonderful sites and the "My Way" approach allowed for each of us to do as we pleased with our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacle of the Alps, particularly Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Lauterbrunnen is like Yosemite Valley on steroids!"

Angela

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Let's just say I told my husband we should do this trip every summer. Our alpine hikes were phenomenal, views breathtaking. The alpine meadows of the Italian Dolomites, with herds of golden ponies, cheese huts, alpine flowers as far as the eye could see all set to the tinkling of distant cow bells was HEAVEN ON EARTH. The creamy opal waters of the Lech River, with single white swans floating along her banks was mesmerizing. Majestic, magical, mystical, mind blowing, mesmerizing, and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"that 's not fair, there were so many. Alpine meadows of Italian dolomites, the opal blue of Lech River, Neuschwanstein as the sunsets (as viewed from bike across meadow), paraglider, base jumpers, cheese huts, cowbells, Gimmelwald, 007 Schilthorn, alpine zipline on the Jungfraumonch, gondolas, fondue, Salzburg from bridge view, Lake Halstadt, Lake Wolfgang, Salzburg music, Maria, Lauterbrunnen valley, Mount Blanc glacier. and every hike and cheese everything and desserts everywhere and cowbells."

Karin

Baden, ON

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way was the perfect choice for myself, my daughter and granddaughter. The flexibility is exactly what was needed with our different ages. A bonus was having another family on the trip which was great for my 19 year old granddaughter. The length of time in each place was appropriate and the guide book gave plenty of ideas on what to do and see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from my room at Hotel Staubbach in Lauterbrunnen. The Hotel Cavalino d'Oro in Castelrotto is amazing. Hiking in the Dolomites Biking on the many trails around Fussen Germany. Mer de Glace ice caves."

Soundra

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So exciting and so much beauty. The tour members were friendly and engaging. I feel like we've made friendships that will last a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the valley floor of Alpe du Suisi was my favorite hike of the trip. I loved seeing the cows grazing in the lush pastures, the sounds of their bells, and the little barns and houses."

Jodi

Cordell, OK

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we met Gretchen, our tour guide, and the rest of our group on day 1, the whole experience was fantastic. This is our second My Way tour and it did not disappoint. My husband and I loved the convenience and independent camaraderie of the first tour (Hey to our My Way Italy tour friends of October, 2016!) so much that we brought our three kids,14, 24, and 27 and my parents this time. Having Gretchen provide great suggestions was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so many stunning mountain top moments but my favorite one was when my family and I rented bicycles in Fussen, Germany and along with a big part of our group, rode out to the green meadows by Neuschwanstein castle on a beautiful evening. We laughed together and really tried to take in the beauty that surrounded us. On the way back, as I was coasting down a hill through a small neighborhood, there was a scent of flowers I had never smelled before. The air was crisp and it was perfect."

Cynthia

Bend, OR

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the best trip of our lives! Everything was dialed in for us and we just enjoyed the Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We LOVED renting eBikes in Füssen, Germany and riding them around this enchanting city. The color of the river was a milky turquoise and we saw a pair of swans with their cygnet. We probably wouldn't have rented the bikes but for the encouragement of our tour manager. We learned to listen to her! "Wow" moments happen in every city, this was just my favorite."

Linda

Sturgis, SD

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We went with a goal of hiking in the Alps and logged 86 miles! I appreciated being able to plan our time, yet having the advice of the manager and the guidance from the guidebook. I was surprised at how easy it was to get where we were interested in going, and not get lost. The small villages were a real treat, friendly people, wonderful hotels and stunning beauty. My senses were on overload. It was my 75th birthday, and what a way to celebrate. Our hikes with all the wildflowers was super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city band concert in Castleruth , following them to the band shell, then watching the locals enjoy the concert was a thrill. I played in a similar city band and I so appreciated the concert. I have not been in mainland Europe before and the history, age of buildings and permanence of the communities over time was so awesome. To see evidence from medical times, then war effects, and the resiliency of the people left a permanent impression on me."

Susan

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. The itinerary and the sequence of places visited is perfect. The scenery on this tour keeps getting more amazing with each day. Our group was very friendly and warm and our tour guide, Gretchen was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being the first people on the Gondola from France to Italy one beautiful morning. Having a delicious cappuccino in Italy and then riding back feeling like I was on top of the world."

Robert

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 2019 Alpine My Way tour was our third My Way. You can't have a 'ho hum' experience visiting the sites on this tour. The natural beauty of the Alps is stunning, and the sequence of stops was perfect, giving us a gradual build-up of beauty and opportunity for great hiking from Salzberg to Chamonix. Our fellow travelers on the tour were an extra bonus, as always. The lodging was comfortable and close to the things we wanted to see and explore. Overall, a great trip for my wife and for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the lift to the top of Mount Blanc in Chamonix and hiking the trails back down from the half way point. Gorgeous views."

Neva

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Because I had done this tour 4 years ago and loved it, I brought alone 4 others who loved to hike and had never been in the Alps before. As always, our tour manager was available to answer questions and extremely helpful when I was injured on a hike and needed to go to a hospital in Germany for x-rays. I'm already looking at tours for next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love all of the places this tour goes, but my all time, hands down favorite is the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland. So many beautiful waterfalls, mountain peaks, and scenic trails. Whether staying in Lauterbrunnen or Murren I never cease to be in awe of the incredible beauty. The Staubbach Hotel and it's location, can't be beat for a lot of "WOW" moments!"

Timothy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. This was our fifth Rick Steves tour, and perhaps the best. We tried the My Way for the first time and loved the flexibility it provided us.

Tammy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way Tour. We've been on 4 full Tours. We chose it because of Rick's blog 2 years ago. We wanted to compare the My Way experience with the full tour. It was terrific! I was skeptical about My Way because I valued the comradery that occurred as a result of being with a group. This was not an issue at all. We knew everyone's name and were glad to chat about our various daily activities. In addition, Getchen was absolutely fabulous. She made the trip effortless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip built on itself. As the days passed we continued to see spectacular scenery and cute towns and they just kept getting better and better. I have so many memories that crowd in when you ask for my wow moment. I loved the many cable car rides, the luge in Chamonix, the patisseries, the breathtaking views. When we returned home we watched 5 Rick Steves Alps tv shows and we already want to return to this beautiful part of the world."

Deloris

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. The group that I hung out with spent a large portion of our time hiking. 86 miles. The photograph that I took will be pleasant memories for the beauty that was captured on my phone screen. Our hotels were all different and each one had its own charm. Our guide Gretchen was always available when we had any questions we needed answered. In fact she did a emergency run to the doctors office with one of my traveling companions.. our bus driver handled super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many of the mountains and ice cave."

Alison

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd My Way Tour and each one gets even better, which is not even possible because they have all been just what we hoped for. We flew to Frankfurt to visit friends in Schwennigen - near Heidelberg - for a few days and thrived on the local experience they gave us. Took the Banhof to Munich for a night, then on the Salzburg to join the My Way group there. So grateful for the opportunity to combine long overdue time with friends and then travel the Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Planned to take the train to Montenvers (Chamonix) for a hike because of fellow-traveler reports of 5-hour lines for the tram to Mt. Blanc up close. We stopped at the Plan de l'Aguilles first and walked right on! Lingered on top; stopped halfway down; relished the "moderate" hike over to Montenvers and missed the last train for the day! "Forced" to stay the night in the only accommodation, with dinner & breakfast included. Magnificent and lovely walk down, down, down the next morn. Wow."

Kristin

Snoqualmie, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We purposefully chose My Way version for its flexibility. We appreciated the opportunity to see and do whatever we wanted on any given day. This was a great trip! We really enjoyed ourselves; the scenery was spectacular. Our guide, Gretchen, was super helpful, knowledgeable and available to answer questions and give advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment has to be the Aguille du Midi gondola from France to Italy. It was equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. It's hard to decide which scenic Alp view was more "wow" than another--they were all breath-taking."

Richard

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best vacations we have ever had! The "My Way" format struck a perfect balance for us in having independence to explore on our own, some time with congenial travel companions, while knowing that all the logistics and lodging details were handled by knowledgeable, caring and fun professionals. We wouldn't have changed a thing. We loved all of the places that we visited, and our stops during travel days also turned out to be unexpected highlights of our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tracy's was sitting in a slingback chair, drinking a beer, eating a hot dog in a fresh baguette at the mid-point station on the Brevent gondola overlooking Chamonix and snow-capped Mont Blanc as the multi-colored para gliders floated by. Richard's was also sitting in a slingback chair, drinking a beer and eating the most delicious cheese dumplings while overlooking breathtaking views of the Dolomites after hiking the scenic Witch's Trail."

Michael

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized. The bus was very comfortable and convenient. The driver did a great job. there were definitely places I would have liked to stay longer. All the tour locales were well chosen. The "My Way" format gave us the flexibility to spend the most time on what we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride from Aiguille du Midi to Pointe Helbronner and back was certainly the most spectacular. To be in the midst of the mountains and glaciers was unforgettable."

Christine

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderfull tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going on 'wow' gondola to Helbronner, and our luck with good weather. Secondly, biking around Foggenberg lake near Fussen and caught in a thunderstorm was exciting adventure."

Sang

Ventura, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well designed tour! I like small towns/cities and I got just what I wanted! I saw amazing nature I had dreamed. Yes, It was my dream come true trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The road from Salzburg to Dolomites was amazingly beautiful! Aloe di Siusi was so peaceful. My friend and I just sat in silence on a bench and soaked in the beauty of scenery, fresh air, bird songs, breezes, dancing grasses... Mont Blanc was majestic! Great tasting water, milk, cheese, and honey. Paragliding the Wall from Murren ( paid separately) was indescribable."

Janice

Chico, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an outstanding adventure for my husband and I. The majesty of the mountains combined with the quality of all aspects of the tour qualify this as a "peak life experience" in my book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It felt like the mountain experiences just got better and better as the tour progressed. The final hike (#1) from Plan Aiguille down to Mer de Glace, arriving tired and hungry and eating at the restaurant next to the train station would be my favorite "wow" moment. A close second was bicycling in Fussen."

Charles

Pisgah Forest, NC

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We appreciated the flexibility of the 'My Way" tour structure. We could hike where & when we wanted, and could stop at each new wildflower without disturbing the flow of another hiker's experience. The facilities at each location were very nice. Weather, while warmer than usual for the locations, was great. Nice bus, great driver, great tour manager, etc...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding and identifying 130+ wildflower species was unexpected and rewarding. Hiking down to Mary's Bridge from Mount Tegelberg, with amazing views of Castle Neuschwanstein was a real treat--few people on a beautiful trail (until reaching the bridge!), and an easy loop back to the cable car and bus stop."

Linda

Richmond, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved having the freedom to do as little or as much activity as I wished. I experienced the Alps from many angles, both high and low, and have memorized every beautiful vista. Our group was delightfully friendly, and it was fun running into each other on the trails or in towns. Overall: a well planned, expertly administered Alpine adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every single day had a wow moment. The tour of the Eagle's Nest in Salzburg, hiking the Trail of the Witches in the Alpe di Siusi, riding to the top of the Zugspitze, all the trails and gondolas in the Swiss Alps, everything was WOW."

Stanley

Smithsburg, MD

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We traveled with five grandkids, ages 16 and up. We chose My Way to relieve us of the burden of planning and managing their visit in the Alps and of trying to keep up with them. We saw them at breakfast and dinner. They had much more fun and satisfaction by being on their own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out into the brilliant chill of Aguille du Midi. Second was seeing the Lauterbrunnen Valley from the train to Wengen."

Rick

Gresham, OR

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent in every way. Take your pick, the logistical organization, the lodging choices, the transport (with a special thanks to our coach driver Ramon for a safe and smooth drive), our fellow travelers, your employee and our enabler Don, were all superb. Most importantly it was educational and fun. This is my second My Way Tour and will not be the last. I have whole heartedly recommended this way of travel to many of our friends and acquaintances.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am sure like everyone else, when you narrow it down to one favorite moment it is almost impossible because there are multiple "wow's" to be had. Some of the experiences and sights are different but each have their own "wow" to them. I am going to go with the stop at the Zugspitz even though it was only a short stop on a travel day. We were blessed with a clear, perfect weather day that made for our first view of being up in the Alps spectacular. Having a beer and brot while enjoying it all"

Linda

Gresham, OR

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not disappointed, at all, in any aspect. The sights were beyond amazing!! Don't know how those bus drivers do it on those roads!? Kudos to them... Loved the itinerary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A very memorable 60th birthday!!! Three countries that day: breakfast in Austria, being sung Happy Birthday to in German before lunching in Germany, then a fun happy hour with Don & our group @ hotel (sipping wine & chilled Prosecco) before dinner in Italy...Wow!! One I will never forget..."

Celia

Pisgah Forest, NC

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the "My Way" set up that let us wander trails as we wanted and stop for wildflowers without holding up others in our group. Having an overview of important locations in each town saved us lots of time. We also appreciated the information about customs of each area visited--the information allowed us to be more respectful travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking down Tegelburg mountain toward Mary's Bridge/Neuschwienstien was a tough but stunning trail without crowds. Loved the tiny village of Castlerotto."

Christopher

Geyserville, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 12 days went by too fast! Castelrotto and Lauterbrunnen were definitely our favorites... could have spent the entire trip in those two locations! The "My way" concept worked wonderfully with our style as we were more focused on hiking rather than tourist checks in the box.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were awakened on our second morning in Lauterbrunnen by a gathering herd of cows in the parking lot near the hotel. They were staging for a group movement to summer pasture. We ended up hiking with them for the final 4 miles to their summer destination.... it was an incredible experience."

Alan

Alamo, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Andrew was the best tour manager anyone could ask for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the Jungfrau. It was cold, and I'm holding on to a rope but here I was standing next this huge snow capped mountain peak at the top of Europe. It was an unforgettable experience."

Lily

Alamo, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. Andrew was the best tour manager anyone can ask for. Very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg. Looking over the town of Salzburg from Hohensalzburg Fortress."

Michelle

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was good! It was so nice to have all accommodations and travel taken care of. This was our first tour of any kind and we were very impressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow. Probably in Switzerland...the Eiger and friends. Amazing"

Gevan

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Just what we wanted. RS plans travel and rooms - we do daily stuff. Great group of people and freedom to do our own tlhing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Switzerland was amazing. Our hotel right in the center of action let us see the annual herding of the cattle to summer pastures. Totally unexpected and great!"

Angela

Albany, OR

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family had a fantastic first time experience with our Rick Steves Alpine My Way tour. Our tour guide was friendly , engaging and knowledgeable. With the My Way tour we had the flexibility, even within our family, to split up and do separate activities during the day. Hotel locations were excellent as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Starting in Lauterbrunnen, taking the gondola up to the Mountain View trail and hiking from Grütschalp to Allmendhubel. Unrestricted views of the snow covered mountains for miles and miles."

Kevin

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our My Way Alpine Tour! Great destinations with fun travelers, a helpful and knowledgeable guide, comfortable accommodations and transportation, exciting activities, and awesome food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alpe di Suisse. The hills were alive!"

Brad

Irwin, PA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall tour exceeded our expectations. The only complaint was that there were certain activities that definitely needed to be reserved ahead of time. An email notified us of the eagle's nest tour, but we had to use the hotel vouchers in füssen to see the castles. I feel like it should have been more clear regarding some of the more sought after activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland has always been my bucket list. Being able to ski/ sled in the snow fun zone at Jungfraujoch was really awesome."

Susan

Forest Grove, OR

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrew did a great job supporting all of us, so that we could create our own adventures! This was my second "My Way" tour. Both were great experiences! I appreciated how organized Andrew was. Every detail was covered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! Both sets of my great-grandparents immigrated from Switzerland (Bern and Grindelwald). It was great to be able to take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald and visit the church they attended in the 1880's. I felt as if I was home in a strange way."

Ann

Brockport, NY

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

one Of the best vacations ever. Spot on for accommodations and restaurants. Amazing views. Interaction with each country's citizens and learning about them cultures was awesome. Every thing is so clean!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Salzburg area and seeing the mountains for the first time. Also going to the top of the Zugspitze and seeing the view for miles."

Steven

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first My Way tour (after 5-regular tours) was perfect for the locations we visited. Loved doing what we wanted to do & being in smaller towns. More group time than anticipated, but everyone was fantastic. Would spend less time in Salzburg & more in Alpe di Siusi & Lauterbrunnen. Hotel in Alpe di Siusi would be great change. Add time to see Santa Maddalena. Kings Castle tours too much waiting and too many people. Could have seen a lot more with the time "wasted" waiting. Add Linderhof?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding above Chamonix on a day that could not have been more perfect."

Carol

South Dennis, MA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tours' itinerary exceeded our expectations for a tour through the alps. We travelled through 5 countries and saw and experienced the top Alpine sites with a very experienced tour manager, Don. From Salzburg through Chamonix, we loved the experience of staying in the small towns of the Alps, staying in small inns and hotels and experiencing the local culture, a lifelong dream.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to say since there were so many and each Alpine country was different as were the Alps. Chamonix was my favorite - the fact that I rode the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world up to the Aiguille du Midi at over 12,600 ft and was able to look at the face of Mont Blanc, was unbelievable!"

Betty

Escondido, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All five of us had a fantastic time ! Living in three locations, it was great to come together on such a wonderful trip - we loved it !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My hotel room window perfectly framing the Staubbach Falls (in Lauterbrunnen) was only one of very many, many "Wow" moments foe me."

Linda

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our sixth RS tour but our first "My Way" tour. I enjoyed the tour very much and it was nice to have a lot of free time to explore the spectacular mountains on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains and beautiful rolling countryside through Austria, Germany, Northern Italy, Switzerland & France were all jaw dropping! One day we were hiking in Alpe di Siusi off the Puflatsch lift. My husband & I found a special view of the mountains just off the trail. We stopped there for a picnic lunch. There were tiny blue, yellow & pink ground flowers all around us and views of breathtaking snow capped mountains. A special memory!"

Melinda

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have taken 5 regular Rick Steves tours but this was my first "My Way" trip. It sounded appealing to be able to pick your activities in a variety of beautiful alpine locations, particularly since I love hiking & just spending the day outdoors. This trip was even better than expected, partly because Don was such a fantastic tour manager & the people in our group were so fun to travel with. I loved each location and appreciated all the information Don gave us prior to arrivals. Great trip!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name, like all the beautiful waterfalls in the Lauterbrunen area, first seeing Newschwanstein castle in the distance from a Fussen hiking trail, arriving in the beautiful setting of Chamonix. I could go on & on!"

Maryam

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In my previous trips to Europe, i only took Rick Steve's books and treasured them as my guiding bible. However Alpine trip my way that I took with my daughter, gave the both of us a better perspective of how much more we can do when visiting 5 different locations in 5 different countries. I greatly appreciate our wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide Don who talked and walked us through this journey during our first glance of each place we stayed and made the experience more pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"walking, hiking or climbing in different altitudes in all the places we visited gave me nothing but being grateful of the opportunities to be in those moments. I cannot hide my sense of admiration when I visited Zugspitz, Le Brevent, seeing the Neuschwanstein Castle among the Bavarian Alps while hiking on Tegelberg Trail as well as going into the mountain to see Trummlebach Falle in Switzerland. They all were jaw dropping views and to admire the human willpower to make all easier for us to see."

Autumn

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fulfilling, enlightening and adventurous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The glorious Dolomites and Alps. The Golden Horse hotel..... what a lovely and unique property."

Randall

Gonzales, LA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A "My Way" tour is a perfect way to be able to see the places you want to visit, but at your own pace. The locations chosen were well thought out, from both scenic and cultural aspects, and hotels were convenient to everything we wanted to do. The people in our group were a delight to interact with, everyone coming from different backgrounds and areas but with a common goal of seeing and experiencing the Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place was spectacular, but Lauterbrunnen was my personal favorite. The valley of pastoral fields, with its sheer cliffs and numerous cascading waterfalls from the mountains still capped with snow was breathtaking. We experienced being awakened by cowbells as the herd was moved up the street toward spring pastures, great hikes, train and gondola rides in impossible scenery, all in perfect weather in a perfect place. Just wow."

Bernardine

Gonzales, LA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To say that I enjoyed this tour is an understatement. It was my third trip to Europe but my first Rick Steves tour and I really liked the "My-Way" format. The towns we visited were so utterly charming in themselves that I would have been happy just exploring them. The excursions (hiking, gondola rides, castles, etc.) certainly heightened the experience and were icing on the cake for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every area had it's WOW moments, but for me the village of Castelrotto was completely enchanting. I was captivated by the views of the Dolomites and the serenity and pastoral beauty of the area near our hotel (which also was a major treat in itself). I felt like I was in a different world and time, one I'd never experienced. The time spent in that area was pure pleasure for me."

Eileen

Provo, UT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 5th RS tour, but the first MyWay Tour. I enjoyed the flexibility of doing new things in some of my favorite areas. Mostly, I just loved being in this incredibly beautiful part of Europe. If you like towering mountains, waterfalls, lots of GREEN, flower-studded meadows, and being outdoors, this is the tour for you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dolomites, the Salzkammergut, and the herd of cows trooping down the street in Lauterbrunnen with their huge, loud bells."

Bill

Provo, UT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

As far as my expectations of a Rick Steves tour go, this met my expectations and our tour guide, Andrew, was excellent. The reason I give this an overall rating of "good" is probably more related to the type of tour I enjoy the most. Although it was clear that a "My Way" tour expected us to make all of our own arrangements, I did not like this form. Andrew did an excellent job helping us, but I felt like I was wasting my time. Further, I discovered that I am not a "hiker," I am a "walker."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Early in the morning while in Lauterbrunnen I heard clanging of bells in the distance. It was a herd of cows being marched up the valley, through the town, and past our hotel. What a pleasure to see them! I got my wife up and we both just marveled at the happy herd going to new meadows."

Carolyn

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about this trip: the places we visited, the vistas in the Alps, and our gracious escort Andrew. My husband and I have taken many Rick Steves guided tours (all wonderful), but this was our first My Way tour, and we liked the independence we had to do what we wanted to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My top two WOW moments were the panoramic views of the Dolomites as we hiked, and the awe-inspiring Alps in Switzerland on our hike to Kleine Scheidegg."

Steve

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had high expectations for the Alpine Europe trip and they were easily exceeded. We viewed and hiked some of the most beautiful mountain areas in Europe. Quaint towns with picturesque views were at every stop. My Way was great, we got to hike and play and never had to worry about where to stay or how to get to the next location. Our tour manager offered ideas and specific details to help us plan our daily activities. Then we took the tour bus to the next town and hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough to choose just one, but our hike to Kleine-Scheidegg was challenging with spectacular views along the outer path. We hiked up, above the tree line and it looked like you could just reach out and touch the thick snow on the Monch. Arriving at Kleine-Scheidegg and having lunch with our hiking friends was an accomplishment we all enjoyed celebrating."

Laurie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

June was a great time to tour as the crowds were less and we had good weather. Only downside was some trails and lifts weren't yet open due to remaining snow. I expected wonderful hikes and amazing views and was not disappointed, but it was the unexpected small things that really made our experience. Wakened by a cow parade with cowbells going through town at dawn, beautiful music from a band practicing across from our hotel one evening and watching galloping horses and riders in Castelrotto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schilthorn summit with a clear 360 degree view!"

Teresa

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although, I would appreciate maybe a little more time at each location. So possibly less countries, more time at each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breathtaking scenery."

Chung

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being at places that I've never visited before, I can feel comfortable and confident to explore, because our thoughtful and very knowledgeable guide, Andrew, can provide suggestions or solutions. Each locations is different with its own character and scenery, all breathtakingly beautiful. Our group members are all friendly and we share travel experiences with each other. I also appreciate our bus driver, Ludo, to keep us on track and safely traveled through those winding mountain roads.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Lauterbrunnen and saw Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau just right next to the trail."

Craig

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itinerary visited many spectacular sites (especially Castelrotto and Chamonix). Excellent student concert at Mozarteum in Salzberg. Discretionary side stops at Boltzano for Otzi Iceman Archaeology Museum and Tengelberg for luge riding were very enjoyable. Wonderful Heritage Museum in Fussen. Appalling, crowded, over-tourism at Mary Bridge & Neuschwanstein. 72 waterfalls in Lauterbrunen! Georgeus Chamonix! Very friendly and likable tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aguille de Midi at Chamonix on first lift up before it became crowded was gorgeous! Ski lift to hills and meadows above Castelrotto offered lovely hiking."

Suzanna

Heath, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of it. I took 900 pictures which for me says a lot. It was wonderful to have a group to bond with. Reid was great as was the transportation and the hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over the Dolomites"

Scott

La Jolla, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

good itinerary, punctual, good on-the-fly decisions when conditions warranted

Favorite "WOW" moment

"3-way tie between Castelrotto, Lauterbrunnen, and Chamonix"

Nicholas

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really liked the sites that Rick picked out for the tour. The transportation was seemless, the guide, as described for a My Way tour. It may have been a little early in the season but the days matched our availability. I say that because the snow was beautiful but some of the things were closed either because of it or just the time of year. Our group of people got along well and we had a great time travelling with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castlerotto was the best by far - the hotel was the nicest I had ever stayed in. The owners were wonderful and helpful. The town was picturesque with so much charm and beauty and the Dolomites were beautiful. This was also maybe our best weather day so the hiking was great and the mountains stunning. A close second was Chamonix & the Aiguille du Midi. Chamonix offered a lot of great restaurants. We really enjoyed the outing to the mountains - spectacular and the glacier and weather was great."

Jane

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This My Way tour was wonderful!! Many thanks to our bus driver (Wim) and the bus was quite comfortable - so nice to have transportation provided. The itinerary was superb - spectacular. Only the clouds kept us from seeing the Alps in Lauterbrunnen - but we still had a lovely time. I loved how we had a group, and a guide, but we could do each day the way we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, I think it was our pre-tour experience at the fortress above Salzburg. We had a lovely dinner and beautiful music concert in the "Golden Hall". To hear Mozart, Bach, Dvorak, and Haydn played by excellent musicians in the land of the great composers was a real highlight for me. Also, the aiguille du midi cable car to the top of the world was fabulous - a clear day and snow-capped Alps all around - Amazing!!! I loved the castles of Fussen and surprisingly, I loved German food!"

Paul

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way tours are really just right for me. I think the itinerary is well thought out, and, in our case, our escort did a good job of helping prepare us for each stop while not "guiding" us. Having planned my own travel numerous times, I really appreciate having the logistics covered by Rick Steves - I can rest assured that the accommodations will be satisfactory, and I don't have to worry about getting from point A to point B.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think Castelrotto, Italy was the biggest surprise for me. The trip was full ow "wow" moments, but that one was the biggest surprise."

Ryan

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great people, awesome locations, awesome Rick Steve's employees, great experience overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the top of Aiguille du Midi and looking over the Alps and France. I also enjoyed Laterbruden and Castelrotto. Those were my favorite locations."

Carolyn

Columbia, IL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We greatly enjoyed this tour; it was an excellent way to experience the alps. We chose the "My Way" version very intentionally, and we were pleased at having the freedom to schedule our own days while leaving the transportation and lodging details to the professionals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We did a lot of hiking, and it seemed that every time I rounded a bend or topped a crest, the word "wow" sprang from my lips. There were bounteous wows. I'd have to say, though, that traveling to the top of the Zugspitze on the Germany/Austria border verged on mind-blowing. Looking down on the clouds and across at the harsh moonscape of the alpine peaks was unlike anything I'd ever experienced."

Lori

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour! This being my first experience with a Rick Steve's tour (or any tour), the My Way version was perfect. It was wonderful to sit back and be shuttled to each destination, checked into each hotel in advance, and left to discover the area on my own. It took out all the stress out of international travel!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to say because there was multiple wow moments every time we arrived in a new town. This was such a great cross section of the Alps, each community being unique with each mountain range being stunning, but different. I think I said wow a thousand times on this trip!"

Larry

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 21st, RS tour, since this traveler "tried out" the Paris and Rome city tours in 2002. After seven years of independent europe travel, a guide at an Edmonds travel festival suggested touring would be worth trying... So indeed I did. All these tours later, yes, touring is VERY worthwhile. Because my walking endurance is different from sixteen years past, the My Way style fits best. I spend a day in a museum, or a day in the town square. All at my speed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every trip has several, yet this Alpine tour (my second) Wow centered on two group events. First was the Happy Hour our manager Laurel staged in the Hotel Oberland and second at the wine tasting in Chamonix. Each brought great conversation with fellow tour travelers, talking about their experiences, and sharing mine. And yes, they often asked about my favorite things from past tours. Wonderful hours getting to know each other!"

Dennis

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I like to plan, read and prepare for our annual trips. "My Way" Alps was perfect combination of self preparations and then sitting back to enjoy the handled transportation and hotel arrangements. We loved the opportunity to plan our own days as well having a guide familiar for additional options

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains!! We were very fortunate with the weather being sunny and reasonable temperatures. It only rained one day but that did not stop us from site seeing and experiencing the areas."

Alfred

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful time! I thoroughly enjoyed this experience from beginning to end. It felt less like a "tour" and more like a group of old friends exploring a beautiful, geologically diverse part of the world with the fantastic assistance of one of those friends - tour manager Laurel. (For any of those new "old friends" who may be reading this and wondering who Alfred is, this is Thom.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was in awe of jaw-dropping sights and settings for the entire tour, so this is a difficult question. But I think my favorite was the extended WOW over the spectacular views along the entire Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg hiking trail during our stay in the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Klaudia

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AWESOME!!! Made great new friends and got to see/experience the Alps in almost perfect weather (rained only 1-1/2 days...but that didn't stop us).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hiking the dolomites at Alpe di Suisi and Chamonix"

William

Port Orange, FL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations! Laurel was available, helpful, engaging, and delightful. Our driver Mark did a great job as a last minute fill-in. I felt the destinations gave us a variety of Alps experiences ranging from urban to small town to villages. Accomodations and meals were excellent and well located. All the members of our group were well matched to the "my way" approach. Bus travel was very enjoyable and the majority of stops extremely scenic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cultural wow moment was the St Rupert's Day festival in Salzburg that combined Oktoberfest style partying with local civic pride and history. Natural wows included the Zugspittze, Trail of the Witches at alpa di suisi, and the Mannaclin-Kleinschlegge (sp) hike."

Kathy

Port Orange, FL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on the tour. I have some health issues and knew I would need some extra down time. This my way trip was a perfect fit. My husband and I have always travelled on our on our own but it was so nice for him not to have the stress of having to drive. I really enjoyed the bus time and our group all enjoyed each others company but had plenty of time to plan our own agenda.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many moments but some of my best were walking around the small towns and observing the people. I loved seeing the differences of the mountains we visited and the cows!"

Sallie

Asheville, NC

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. I don't know if all your tours are with such congenial people, but this group was amazing--funny and interesting, and most important, inclusive of everyone on the tour. Laurel did a great job of explaining all the activities available. I would do only two things differently--rethink visiting Fussen. The castles had a Disneyland-ish atmosphere and were overpriced. I would include the Eller Kellen restaurant in Castlerotto--in your book. Best pasta ever!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the Alps in the snow. For a native Southerner, I never dreamed I would do anything like that. But it was beautiful, and so out of my normal experience that it will be one of the high points of all my travels. I'm so glad I got the chance to do it!"

Catherine

Washington, DC

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and I thought it was a great experience and worth the money. It was the perfect mix of independent exploring and socializing with the group. I loved that the logistics of the trip were taken care of, and all we had to worry about was how to enjoy our time in each location. The other tour members were friendly, interesting, and considerate - lots of camaraderie! I recommend My Way tours for independent travelers who are curious but wary of organized tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had "wow" moments everyday, but my favorite experience was hiking in the Dolomites in Italy. The weather was perfect, the scenery was breathtaking, and we heard the tinkling of cowbells everywhere we went. After a gorgeous day outdoors, we ate amazing pasta for dinner in Castelrotto (along with some excellent Italian wine)! For me, this was the best day of the trip (which was full of great days)! Going to the top of the Zugspitze was a close second!"

Teresa

West Covina, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was great!! If I had been traveling on my own I would have stayed another day in almost every site. I arrived early to Salzburg and stayed another couple of nights in Chamonix so that was good but I would have enjoyed another day in the Dolomites, Switzerland as well as Fussen to perhaps explore more out of town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the glacier at Mt Blanc even though we couldn't go to the top. I have a picture at sunset that is so beautiful."

Randye

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way. The My Way trip was the perfect blend of independent travel and a sense of community and friendship. We loved being out and about and running into others from our tour, to share stories, a hike, a drink, etc. Each Alpine location we visited was beautiful, unique and inviting, offering a myriad of experiences and adventures. Staying at least 2 nights in each place was great. WE LOVED THIS TRIP!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping off the lift in the Alpe di Siusi surrounded by the majestic Dolomites was my wow moment. Hiking in this awe-inspiring Alpine meadow surrounded by the mountains, and joined by cows and sheep was an inspirational experience. I was struck by the sense of peace and wonder that this area inspired. There were many wow moments but this really stands out!"

Roy

Hartford, CT

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experience, memories that will last a lifetime! Itinerary was well planned out, hotels were comfortable and accommodating, transportation was comfortable. Excellent tour manager, Laurel - super friendly and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every mountain view and all the great hikes!"

Susan

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt in this particular My Way tour of the Alps that I wanted to personally experience the Alps without any constraints. I also wanted transportation and lodging to allow a no worry agenda. My husband and I joined the tour after being in Europe on our own for 18 days. I was pleasantly surprised to be surrounded by independent travelers who signed on for the same reason. The freedom fostered a wide spectrum of experiences resulting in sharing and unbelievable friendships. Loved everyday!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough one. Alpe di Siusi was a fairy tale scene that totally stimulated all my senses: soaring mountains, cowbells, beautiful hiking, cold beers...the natural vastnass was awe inspiring. Just when it couldn't be outdone, there was Lauterbrunnen. The raw closeness to the mountains and villages of Gimmelwald and Murren felt very personal. I connected with the town's people and felt very much a part of the community."

Mitchell

Burien, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 'My Way Alpine Europe in 12 Days' tour was my first Rick Steves tour and I must say it was fantastic! This was also my first trip to the interior of Europe and I was overwhelmed with the magnificent beauty of the Alps and Dolomites as well as the old world charm of the towns and cities we visited. In the words of Siskel and Ebert, this trip gets two thumbs 'Way Up!'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments so it's hard to choose just one. My two favorites would be when we pulled into Castelroto, Italy and I saw the Dolomites for the first time and when we arrived in Wengen, Switzerland and saw the incredible beauty of the Swiss Alps."

Cynthia

Weimar, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The my way alpine tour was outstanding. It was everything I expected and more. We had done a my way Italy tour a few years ago so we had high expectations as it was outstanding as well. The towns we visited were quaint and fun. We didn't have a bad meal anywhere. The scenery was spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Wengen, Switzerland was my wow moment. Taking the cog train up from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen was beautiful! Arriving at our charming hotel, opening the window to this amazing view of the town and mountains left us in awe. And the cows..just couldn't get enough of this town??"

Jerilynn

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is the 1st My Way tour and first time in the Alpine region of Europe. We were amazed at the grandeur of the Alps and each stop was unique. Each stop seemed to be better than the last. It was a very physical trip so if you weren't there for the trekking there wasn't a lot else to do at most stops. The people were friendly and most spoke English enough to make communication easier. The weather in late September was great and really think we lucked out. Our guide was helpful and available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was our stop in the Dolomites. Our hotel was so great and the staff there unmatched. Chamonix was also amazing and happened to be our last stop of the tour."

John

Weimar, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time and met a lot of great fellow travelers in our group. It's always great to meet someone else from around our country and hear about their experiences too. It's funny to find what a small world we live sometimes. Cindi and I saw some "bucket list" items and many simple experiences along the way. People are very friendly. Not just to "tourists", but engaging and genuine in general.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was "Otzi"! Hands down. However, everything had a little bit of wow!"

Linda

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For us this was the trip of a lifetime. Wondrous sites at every turn! Well-organized, with unique hotels at every stay, each offering a window into the local community. Even the bus rides were fun as our skilled driver wound through beautiful scenery. Tour guide Kathleen was fun and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As past reviewers have indicated, it's very difficult to choose a favorite! If pressed, I supposed we would [INVALID] Wengen in the Swiss Alps, though the view from Zugspitze (Bavaria) was awesome as well."

Joanna

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alps My Way tour was fantastic. As pretty avid hikers (sorry Rick!! Can't get hiking poles in a carry on so had to check bags), this approach to the region was ideal for us. We were able to get out super early and get on the trails while others could linger over breakfast and shop or take in the views from town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of Junfrau from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg were breathtaking. We gambled on this hike, because conditions below were deceptively foggy. Thakfully, the telecabins running in the off-ski season makes this hike accessible to all skill levels so everyone can enjoy!"

Mary

Shelton, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second 'My Way' trip, so already knew the format was great fit for me. All the hotels were great and our bus transportation was wonderful. Appreciated Kathleen's availability (without hovering) and we had a nice group of fellow-travelers. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, so many! The scenery in the Alps is amazing. Probably taking the lift up to Zugspitze."

Joan

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A friend asked me, "It sounds like your trip was really busy. How did you keep up with all that?". In answering I said, "If someone told you they had a bag full of pure gold coins and they were going to toss them in the air and you could have as many as you could gather in a specific amount of time, who you say that's just too much trouble? My guess is you would pick up as many as possible and hold on tight. This trip was one magical place after another. The views were magnificent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to compare places but Lauterbrunnen valley in the Swiss Alps was perfection and the view from Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg looking on the back side away from the city into the valley and the mountain ranges beyond just before sunset, left us all awe struck. It looked like a view of heaven. My 34 year old son said that view alone was worth the cost of the flight. Hallstatt is also magical. I just can't pick one. How great is that!"

Michael

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'll just share with you one way to improve the tour because overall it was a good experience. -My fault that I didn't pre-prepare for the trip enough but if Kathleen could have had a large map for each of us of the area we would cover, that would have been a real added value to the trip. That way we could follow along the map while traveling on the bus to get a deeper appreciation of the land we were traveling through. Everything turns into a blur doing multi countries in days. -

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was dazzled by the whole tour."

Eric

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was nothing short of exceptional. We loved the cities, their sights and experiences. Each place we visited was a pleasant surprise and the reality of the activities we planned turned out better than expected. Tour manager Kathleen's help and insights were invaluable. Our favorite places were Wengen, Switzerland and Castelrotto, Italy, which offered incredible hiking and spectacular views. We enjoyed getting to know people in our group and the My Way format was ideal for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though we'd caught a glimpse of the spectacular mountain views on the train ride from the valley floor to Wengen, Switzerland minutes before, we were absolutely astonished by the panoramic view from our fifth-floor balcony at the Hotel Belvedere. In a 180-degree sweep, this is why we came to the Alps. Mighty snowcapped peaks in the distance, sloping green meadows, sheer cliff walls. While the entire trip was truly memorable, we'll never forget that breathtaking view from our room."

Tim

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alpine My Way tour met all of our expectations and more. Everything, everyone, every location and every detail were perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hiking, the views of the mountains and the little huts along the trails for lunch."

Anthony

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really like the travel my way tours because you have so much freedom to do the things you want to do on your own. It's nice not to have to worry about transportation and hotel rooms. And you can go eat dinner anywhere you want to. The bus was very nice and the rides every other day were not too long. Usually about 5 hours. It was nice having Don our tour guide give us information on the areas we were visiting. Don was very knowledgeable and made the bus trip interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A hike we took in the alps. Going up on the cog trains and the cable cars the scenery was beautiful in all the towns we visited. The selection of towns was very good"

Gabrielle

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour! Was concerned about traveling the Alps with replaced knees, older age..... I love the MY Way tours because you can pick and choose what works for you. Cynthia was the best guide ever for me. A combination of positive energy, caution, encouragement, truthfulness, personableness, and equanimity....she made this trip really work for me. I am so proud I hiked the 4 mi route for Mannlichen to Kleine Shidegg (about 7700 ft) with her right by our side. All gratitude here!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Castelrotto!"

Kirk

Haymarket, VA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent time. The hotels were far better than we were expecting. The locations were great as well and what really made it all come together was our tour manager, Cynthia. She was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be really hard to pin it down to one moment, but if I had to pick just one collection of moments, it would be the time we spent in Switzerland. Wengen was beautiful and the mountains, Wow! Although... Chamonix wasn't bad either!"

Robert

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful locations, friendly group, and excellent guide and driver made for a very enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps"

Regina

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hikes from Lauterbrunnen, the North Face hike and especially the hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, were truly the most outstanding hikes I have ever done."

Christine

Trout Lake, WA

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the towns, mountains and attractions. Although familiar with Rick Steves' company, this was our first Steves tour. Not really the "touring type," we were drawn to the My Way concept. It was a perfect fit for us. We were able to spend our time enjoying each destination, as the major logistics were handled for us. Traveling with a small group of like-minded people on our own schedule for most of the time, free to seek out the type of activities which most interested us, was exhilarating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few such moments come to mind. We enjoyed a picnic at the top of the Wengen-Mannlichen lift in Berner Oberland, surrounded by famous peaks, paragliders and beautiful alpine meadows filled with the melodic ringing of cowbells. Another fun highlight: running into some of our fellow tour travelers and laughing over pints of beer on a scenic terrace in tiny Gimmelwald."

Leann

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! What made the trip was our wonderful tour guide Gretchen. She was a great mix of informing us, entertaining us, and generally a pleasant, fun person to be around. We loved the "my way" format and will surely travel this way again in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hang gliding!"

When To Go & Weather

Any time from late May through September is a good time to take an Alpine Europe tour. However, the months of May, June, September, and early October offer fewer crowds and mild weather (with occasional snow). July and August have the best weather, snow-free alpine trails, long days, and the biggest crowds. No matter when you go — the weather in the Alps can change suddenly.

Austria / Vienna


Germany / Munich


Italy / Milan


Switzerland / Bern

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Salzburg (SZG) and out of Geneva (GVA) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Munich and Vienna are alternatives with easy train connections to Salzburg, and the Geneva airport is a one-hour bus ride from Chamonix where the tour ends. 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 Alpine Europe tour guidebook.