• 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 $3,295 per person + air

Single Supplement $675

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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 24–28 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 (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

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*.

No bus. Sleep in Salzburg.

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. Sleep in Salzburg.

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 midday stop for lunch, we'll reach our hotel in South Tirol, a region home to 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.

Bus: 5 hours. Sleep near the South Tirol area.

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, or 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? In 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. Sleep near the South Tirol area.

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!

Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in or near Füssen

Day 6: Bikes, Hikes and Castles

King Ludwig's fairy-tale Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles (r) are less than an hour's walk or 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. Sleep in or near Füssen.

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.

Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

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 lift 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. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

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. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

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 western Europe's highest peak (15,780 feet), the mighty Mont Blanc. Consider taking the gondola lift to Le Brévent for a spectacular view, and ending your day enjoying a traditional dinner of raclette or fondue.

Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Chamonix.

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. Sleep in Chamonix.

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.

Sightseeing notes

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

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

Korey

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Tour director Axel was very knowledgeable and was always thinking ahead to try and give us the best experience. The tour was well planned and hotels were comfortable. The one hotel didn’t have a TV but we had an amazing view of the falls. This tour gives you freedom to do whatever you want, which we liked because everyone has different interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved old town salzburg and Füssen was amazing"

Laura

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spectacular views, stress free travel, new friendships, and lifelong memories. Axel was our tour guide and he was one of the most other focused humans I've ever met. At the start of the trip he asked each of us individually to share some of our interests (i.e. hiking, adventure, food, etc.) and he was able to share information that was personally relevant to each of us as a result of learning from us. He made everything easier, and my partner and I wouldn't have gotten to Murren without him!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh, hard to name just one. Snowball fights with my parents in the Dolomites, the breathtaking views of Lauterbrunnen valley from our hotel, Jungfrau splendor, and enjoying the beauty of the alps over a cup of hot chocolate as the sun sets from the the Edelweiss hotel in Murren are a few. One favorite moments was coming back to the hotel, thinking that we were done for the night, running into Axel, getting asked a couple of questions, and realizing we could still get to Murren, and we did! "

George

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I highly recommend it. A number of people on our tour had done 3 or more so that says a lot. I can't say enough good things about this tour. The organization, hotels, meals, transportation and especially our tour manager (this was a Make Your Own Way tour) were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard to answer but the scenery in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland was breath taking. It was dramatic with wonderful hiking trails, a beautiful town complete with Rick's promised creaking chalet, cows with Swiss bells in pasture beside the town sidewalks, wonderful food, amazing tram ride with revolving restaurant at the top of Schilthorn, and the mesmerizing small village of Gimmelwald (one of Rick's favorites)."

Thomas Wayne

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour and 2nd My Way. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed all of the locales and the opportunities they afforded. We were delighted with the whistle stops along the way: Innsbruck, Luzern and Gruyeres. Our group was amiable and our tour leader, Axel, was full of good advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The peaks and valleys in the Swiss Alps. A favorite day began with a bus, train and cable car trip to the Piz Gloria and Schilthorn summit, followed lunch on a terrace in Murren, then a stroll on a country lane in Gimmewald, and finally dinner at a pub in Lauterbrunnen, with a view of the Staubbach falls."

Dennis

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Over all the trip was great. Most everything exceed my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out the window of our room in Lauterbrunnen seeing the water falls, valley and mountains beyond."

Richard

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spectacular scenery! Outstanding tour guide! Enjoyable travel companions! Well organized for maximum tour experiences! The bus was comfortable and drivers did a very good job! The opportunities for exploration, hiking, personal time and learning were excellent! I throughly enjoyed the breakfasts at each hotel and comradity! This is a fabulous tour I would not have changed one thing! Thank you Rick Steves for having such a wonderful tour guide Axel!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to choose between the Dolimites, Hallstadf ((Austrias Pearl) the drives thru Switzerland and Austria and the view from our room in Ladrbrunnel Valley of 3 waterfalls and snow cover red mountains!"

Michelle

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! We were with a fantastic group of people and our tour leader, Axel Thorson, ensured that we all had a complete experience. Every hotel was well situated and the towns were charming. On this tour, we had three surprise lunch stops: Lucerne, Innsbruck and Gruyeres. Also, the weather gods were on our side and we had terrific weather. Some lasting friendships were made and some of my bucket list items were checked off. What more could a gal want for?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Never just one! The weeping Lion (Lucerne lunch stop). The Dominican Church and Otzi the Iceman (Bolsano). The Schilthorn, Piz Gloria and Jungfraujoch (Lauterbrunnen). Lunch with our new friend, Sarah, on the cliffside in Murren. Walking through lovely Halstatt. Finding the Olympic rings monument commemorating the first Olympic Games in Chamonix. We also thoroughly enjoyed the charm of Gruyeres. "

Gregory

Tour: 05/20/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. We did not expect so much help and guidance from the tour manager, but Axel was excellent. So much information and logistics that helped us have a great trip. The hotels were great too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably when we saw the waterfalls from our room in Lauterbrunnen. "

Martin

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were able to see the areas and sites that were important to us, and even though we were early in the season, the conditions were favorable and allowed us to do what we wanted to do. The people in our group were enjoyable and everyone got along well. And Don, our "guide" was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiger up close from Kliene Scheidegg. All the history and drama from that mountain came alive as we sat at the base and took it all in."

James

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was great! The locations and the hotels were very good. Our tour director (Don)gave some good advice and the information he provided along the way helped me and Rosemarie to make good decisions about what to do each day. We also used Rick's book for hikes , tours and restaurants he recommended which helped us to have a great time. The people on the tour were fun to be with and this added another positive element to the tour. We really enjoyed planning each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk between Murren and Gimmelwald was really a beautiful time. We really enjoyed it walking together with other members of the tour and the scenery was breath taking!"

Audrey

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was amazing with everyone having a positive attitude even with less than perfect weather conditions. Don, our tour manager was superb with excellent information and suggestions on how to make the most of each place we visited. The. My Way tour was perfect for us as our interest in activities was different from most and this allowed a group experience as well as independence. As always, the organization of a Rick Steves was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Kleine Scheidegg for a couple of hours with clear views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Absolutely beautiful and awe inspiring. "

Rosemarie

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way Vacation with Rick Steves. We had taken two other tours over the past tow years which we loved. We were very pleased with the pace of this tour. We loved all of the hotels and their locations. Our bus driver was great and made us feel very safe traveling the windy mountain roads. Although it was My Way, our tour manager was always ready with suggestions and help The only thing that I might have changed was to go a little later in May because some lifts were closed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many, I think that the one that stands out in my mind was when we walked from Mürren to Gimmelwald. The scenery was breathtaking and you almost felt that it couldn’t be real. The hike was along a gentle downhill path, an easy walk. Definitely not to be missed! We hiked the path with some of our fellow tour mates and had a great time stopping for a cold drink at the end of the walk. "

Robert

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Don Chmura was an exceptional guide, especially since he lived in and wrote a hiking guide book for the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley, Muren, Schilthorn panarama, hike down to Gimmelwald and stechelberg to Trummelbachfalle"

Pattie

Tour: 05/13/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful fields of wild flowers in the Lauterbrunen Valley with the stunning alps in the background."

Tim

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again Rick Steves delivered what he promises and my wife and I expected! Hotels were nice but the big advantage is their location next to the town you want to walk through. Bus and bus driver were excellent and our tour manager was informative, friendly and gracious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tram rides up the mountain sides to the spectacular views of the Alps and Dolomites!"

Pamela

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent organization in all facets of the tour. Lovely hotels, in perfect locations. Included breakfasts were fresh and delicious with wide variety of choices. Tour director gave clear and most helpful suggestions every day and was easily available. We loved the “my way” tour… allowing us to do as much or little in each stop. The bus was high end, friendly driver provided beverages at most reasonable prices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our bedroom window in Lauterbrunnen to a spectacular view of the lighted waterfall. "

Judith

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first My Way tour but my 10th RS tour, I had the trip of a lifetime. My tourmates were friendly and fun loving, our Tour Manager, Grégoire, was hard working and helpful with the logistics of doing things on my own and Rob, our bus driver, was a sweet guy very experienced with driving on narrow, windy mountain roads. We became a merry band of travelers in the Rick Steves style. We were blessed with beautifully blue sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s. Hiking in the Alps was a dream!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Dolomites and hiking in the Swiss Alps were the top Wow moments for me. I also loved the Happy Hours and group dinner that Grégoire organized for us. Salzburg- Mozart concerts, Mozart Haus, Hellbrunn Palace, attending mass in the Salzburg Cathedral and having as much time as I wanted to explore these sights. Eating dinner in a Biergarten with locals was fun as well. The Alpine tour is one of my favorites!"

Richard

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great selection of towns and hotels. Ou leader was very helpful explaining local attractions, providing orientation and advice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from up in the mountains was incredible."

Richard

Tour: 09/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very, very positive! Words can not discribe the scenery, towns visited, organization, support, and guidance the tour offered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving at each new stop. Fantastic locations!"

Lynn

Tour: 09/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour experience with the other guests. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Great tour director who went beyond our expectations with information and kindnesses.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's our first trip outside the United States and were blown away with the scenery and accommodations. Most moments were wow moments!"

Michael

Tour: 09/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were at least four. The three summits to highest peaks and the cow parade in Wengen"

Blaze

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great experience and the choices of towns in the "MY Way" were excellent. The bus ride from country to country was very comfortable and convenient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always the Swiss Alps as their beauty is breath taking. It is something that everyone should experience."

Doug

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, the positives were highlighted by the number of countries we toured, but in a way that was also the cause biggest negative, the bus rides, I get that we have to travel to see the sights but bus rides ever other day was not optimal, but the locations were well worth the visit

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, was wonderful, but our bike ride in Fussion was the best. "

Dorie

Tour: 09/11/23

Tour was well organized, had an incredibly helpful and cheerful tour leader, and we loved the flexibility of the "My Way" method of touring

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stunning beauty of Switzerland"

Denise

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was the first tour of any type that my husband and I have taken. We have travelled independently in Europe (always with the help of our Rick Steves guidebooks) for the past 25 years. As we are getting older (77 and 72) we picked this tour for the itinerary, the transportation, and the freedom to pick our own activities. We had confidence that the hotels would be similar to the many Rick Steves picks we have stayed in over the years. The trip did not entirely honor our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each stop on the tour offered remarkable wow moments! As I have visited the tour stops before, I will mention a new wow moment for me; the earth pyramids of Ritten/Renon. We found these fabulous natural sculptures on a misty/rainy afternoon walk after our arrival in Bolzano. Amazing!"

Maureen

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall feeling is one of satisfaction for the tour offered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One favorite "wow" moment was watching the alpenglow on the Dolomites from the spa veranda's comfortable lounge chair after a swim in their lovely pool in Castelrotto after a fine day of hiking in the Alpe di Siusi."

Kathleen

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the first half of our tour. Unfortunately my husband came down with Covid and we were not able to complete the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alpe di Siusi! The tranquil meadows surrounded by gorgeous mountains, the cows grazing in the pastures, it was just breathtaking! Didn’t even seem real!"

Rhoda

Tour: 09/06/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the hotels we stayed at. The tour guide was excellent. It was a My Way tour, but he was available to answer any questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Dolomites. We hiked in the Alpe di Siusi. "

Steve

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip schedule and places we visited were wonderful and the transportation and accommodations were also top notch. Our guide Kathleen was truly outstanding- very friendly and knowledgeable who went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and included. This was especially appreciated by me as a single traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in the beautiful and spacious hotel in Castelrotto and the spectacular Three Witches hike above town. "

Patricia

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This My Way Alpine Tour was our first experience with any kind of organized tour. It was a great experience overall - having the transportation, hotels, and a great tour manager made the experience seamless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment came in Lauterbrunnen and being there when they brought the cows down from the mountain! I have always wanted to see that and was SO excited it happened to coincide with our visit to that beautiful place! "

Bella

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way tour and it worked perfect with this itinerary. It met all expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Zugspitze definitely comes to mind but every place we went had breathtaking wow moments and the hikes were awesome "

Shelly

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was outstanding. She knew the areas well and helped give us ideas, even sitting down one on one with each couple to make their experience better. The hotels were varied in style, comfort and location and we loved that. Sometimes you were in a city and other times you were a little off the beaten path. It was a fabulous experience from start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pulling up in Castelrotto Italy and falling in love with the town and seeing the Dolomites in the background. It seemed like a fairytale. "

Debra

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing trip experience! The weather was fantastic, the tour manager, Kathleen was extremely knowledgable and gave us great recommendations. Our bus driver. Kevin did an incredible job navigating the roads in the Alps. The Alps were beyond spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many wow moments on this tour, but probably hiking the North Face trail near Murren was our favorite of all. The green pastures and incredible views of the mountains were stunning. We love the Lauterbrunnen area ! Have to also say the Lemm Hotel in Castelrotto in the Dolomites was quite the place between the beautiful hotel and it's views along with incredible meals! "

Michelle

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the itinerary to through all of the Alps! Our guide, Kathleen, was kind and attentive. She made sure everyone had their daily plans and gave everyone great options and suggestions. Our bus driver, Kevin, was excellent. Really enjoyed our fellow travelers. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it went very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley! The hotel view of the Staubbach Falls was incredible!"

Laura

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our second My Way tour and it meets our traveling needs very well with transportation and hotels. Timing was great since crowds were less than expected. Trip manager, Brian was helpful and kept things on schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley and the surrounding peaks are amazing. We covered both sides of the valley with amazing hike at the base of the mountains. The Dolomites and hiking the Alpe di Siusi are also an amazing experience."

Barbara

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was just what we had hoped for. Tour guide, bus driver, hotels and travel group were all great. A wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the mountains were incredible."

Steven

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great tour group with a very pleasant and organized tour manager. We were very well informed about what to anticipate during travel days and given great orientations upon reaching each new destination. The scenery, as anticipated was gorgeous throughout the entire trip. The timing and pace throughout were good although if I had the choice I would have opted for another day in the Dolomites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During an evening hike as time approached the 'golden hour' we encountered a herd of bell-wearing Swiss dairy cows in a serene pasture on the trail between Grutschalp and Murren. The Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau served as a stunning backdrop. It was both an audible and visual experience we will never forget. "

Carla

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all expectations. Great hiking opportunities (our top priority), wonderful sights, a tour manager who successfully guided us through the sometimes-complicated logistics of getting where we wanted to go and doing what we wanted to do. Most important — we had fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Relaxing with tour mates and new friends over a Black Monk beer in Gimmelwald, with Jungfrau smack in our faces, after a long, rich, rewarding day of hiking to a cowbell soundtrack — the Mountain View and North Face trails, followed by the walk down from Murren to Gimmelwald."

Rob

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it could not have been any better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment. Each stop was as good or better than the previous. We especially loved the stop in Innsbruck and Lucerne for lunch. They both were a special treat. Chamonix was wonderful."

Dani

Tour: 08/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well led by Brian with constant offers to help and prompt responses to questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italian Dolomites. "

David

Tour: 08/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sites were incredibly beautiful and the guide and bus driver did a good job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful scenery in the Dolomites"

David

Tour: 08/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was very good, but we unfortunately had rain and snow our entire stay in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. We were also notified, just prior to the start of our tour of a hotel change from Chamonix to Saint Gervais which limited our options for dining and time in the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite wow moment was the Aiguille du Midi to Mont Blanc and the cable car to Point Helbronner, Italy. We were on one of the first lifts and experience early morning clear skies. It was magnificent!"

Craig

Tour: 08/21/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Loved the people in our tour group and our guide was very good. Extremely disappointed in the location and selection of the hotels. Hotels were either too far away from the destination hikes or issues with the hotel (a/c, wifi, etc…).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dolomites "

Michael

Tour: 08/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was fantastic, and our host was a true professional

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seen the Alps from the vantage point of the Alpe to Suisi"

Jill

Tour: 08/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been eyeing this tour for a while & finally decided I wasn’t getting younger so it was now or never. I loved everything about it, I’d say it even exceeded my expectations. The only not great part was the weather in Lautenbrunner, it rained for the whole time, but the waterfalls were spectacular! We still walked around in the rain. I’m going to have to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We rented e-bikes in Alpe di Suisi and rode around the valley, stopping @ huts for refreshments & getting lost!"

John

Tour: 08/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to a great group (good luck) and a fantastic My Way guide (credit to the organization), we had a terrific trip despite bad weather (bad luck)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aiguille du Midi exceeded our expectations: we love to look at mountains more than we like to be on them. But this was an otherworldly experience that we're glad was saved until the end of the tour. Right up there with ballooning in Turkey: we'll never forget it."

Mary Anne

Tour: 08/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind and I was extremely pleased! Our tour manager, Kathleen was a wonderful resource who took the time to advise, guide and point us in the right direction with all aspects of our My Way tour. The itinerary was well planned and proved to give us a wonderful Alps experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food in Chamonix, the carefree pace and attitude in Balzano, the creaky chalet with skeleton keys in Lauterbrunnen couldn't have been more charming and the caliber of fellow travelers was the best."

Kenneth

Tour: 07/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, great guide, fantastic scenery, good food

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the storied north face of the Eiger from Kleine Scheidegg. "

Silvina

Tour: 07/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall rating:rating 5 of 5 What a great itinerary and perfectly located hotels. It was my seventh RS's tour, but the first My Way.This was one of our favorite trips. Our manager, Axel, was incredible!The guidebook ,as always ,was extremely helpful . Axel was a fantastic tour facilitator who guided and reviewed our plans and ensured they were reasonable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. One of them, had to be the view from our balcony overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley - something right out of a storybook. The fireworks on National Day were unbelievable. Another one that took my breath away was reaching the Alpe di Tires in the Dolomites. Everyday had moments that will remain with me forever."

Kathleen

Tour: 07/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had just enough autonomy and just enough connection during the trip. I hope RS will come up with more of these trips! It was perfect for my travel style!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Schilthorn Piz Gloria took my breath away. We had excellent weather and fantastic visibility. Not so in Chamonix, so we were thankful to have taken the ascent. "

Bobbie

Tour: 07/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour took the hard part of travel out of our hands ( travel between places and finding accommodations) and left us with all the fun. Our tour manager, Axel, was perfect in helping us make plans and orienting us to each area so that we could make the most of our time in each location. When we had to pivot for any reason (weather, unexpected distances, closures) we found surprises that we didn’t know we would love. Bus driver, Jan, was a boss behind the wheel. Just wow!!! High recommendation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For my husband it was the views from the Shilthorn, and for me it was a tie between Seceda and Alpe de Suisi in the Dolomites and all the hiking in the Lauterbrunnen area. Those mountains are indescribable. "

Lisa

Tour: 07/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour itinerary included wonderful locations and most of the accommodations were terrific. Our tour guide was helpful and knowledgable. The bus was clean and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our hotel balcony in Wengen was spectacular, as was paragliding in the Lauterbrunnen valley."

James

Tour: 07/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was great. Everyone on the tour was cordial and friendly, at first getting to remember everyone's name was a challenge, but eventually you get it. The weather was iffy throughout the tour, but we all took it in stride and made the best of it. The bus transportation was top notch(kudos to Jos our driver) and the hotels were great(best I ever stayed in).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two favorite "wow" have to be taking the cable car to the top of Zugspitze and the trip up Aiguille du Midi."

Mary

Tour: 07/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ruth Ann, our manager, was outstanding. We had a lot of confidence in Yost, our bus driver. Even though on the “my way” tour you mainly do things on your own the people with us greatest enhanced our total experience. Frank and I are in our late seventies and the “my way” tour was perfect for us. We were able to do short hikes and many excursions we wanted to do. The hotels and the breakfasts were very good. We will be recommending this tour to our friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our balcony in Wengen was spectacular. But our Wow moment was walking on the “witches trail” (Dolomites) and seeing the outstanding views."

Kelly

Tour: 07/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a really nice trip. I liked being able to decide what I was going to do each day. Ruth Ann was a great resource for planning the day. I'd been to a few places before so it was fun to revisit and experience new things

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking. Period. The weather was forecasted for high percentage of rain just about every day. There was only a few days of intermittent rain or fog, otherwise beautiful. "

Lois

Tour: 07/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such a wonderfully planned trip, beginning with the low Alps of Salzburg, the beautiful high meadows in Italy, then the dramatically beauty of Lauterbrunnen and Chamonix. Ruth Anne was excellent as our guide, friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the food, culture,cool mountain air and amazing scenery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I skied in the Lauterbrunnen valley 50 years ago. Its beauty is eternally astounding. "

Rosemary

Tour: 07/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Brian, our shepherd, made every step of the journey easy and memorable. We had a fantastic group of friendly individuals who couldn't have been nicer or more friendly. The views were beautiful and the hikes a real treat. Brian made several stops along the way that we not on the itinerary and this added to the experience. Rick's book was spot on an continued to enhance my extended stay in Chamonix and Annecy. Also want to extend kudos to our more than capable bus driver Wim.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mountains in Dolomites and Aiguille de midi "

Michael

Tour: 07/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alpine "My Way" tour was exactly what we wanted. Having all of the transportation & accommodations taken care of for us was a nice relief and left us more time to plan our daily excursions. If there is a bit of room for improvement, I'd like to see you have an option or tour which adds an additional day to the "2 day" stops at Salzburg, Bolzano, Fussen and Chamonix (yes, make it a 16 day tour!). It did feel a bit rushed from time to time and a bit more "breathing" space would be great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites was breathtaking and Bolzano is a definite hidden gem. The entire tour was full of memorable experiences, and the flexibility on the "My Way" tour allowed more individual freedom."

Norma

Tour: 07/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous tour and my first RS tour. I loved every place we stayed. I was traveling with a friend, my daughter and son-in-law so the My Way tour was perfect with everyone getting to choose what they wanted to do each day. Our tour manager, Brian, was the absolute best! He made the experience much richer with his knowledge, expertise and assistance. I wish RS could provide more My Way Tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of “wow” moments! My favorite was riding e-bikes around Lake Forggensee in Fussen, Germany. Unbelievable views of mountains, castles, German farmland and quaint little towns along the way. Plus a polka band playing at an outdoor cafe!"

Peggy

Tour: 07/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

July 2023 My Way Alpine Tour. Excellent experience overall. Although we have used Rick Steve's books for many years, this was our first formal RS tour. Our tour manager, Ruby was A+, delightful and helpful. The itinerary was well paced. Overall, the hotels were well located and provided many options for daily activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was in Chamonix France. My husband and brother-in-law went paragliding. Seeing them gliding past Mont Blanc and all the gorgeous snow covered mountains is something I will never forget."

Rebecca

Tour: 07/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've traveled with a Rick Steve's tour before, and we loved the My Way tour even more. It was the perfect blend of a RS tour and traveling independently. We didn't have to worry about transportation or where to stay, and Ruby our guide was very helpful with tips to help us plan our day. She even helped us navigate unexpected dental work in France! This was our first time traveling with our son (8yo), and it was an amazing trip. Less stress and we could plan activities that were best for him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps was amazing. The views on the Panorama Trail from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg were unlike any other, and you didn't have to do a strenuous hike to get to the views. I also loved just pausing to listen to the chorus of cowbells all around us."

Susan

Tour: 07/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a well-organized and fascinating trip through several countries. As a "my way" tour we chose the activities we wanted from many suggestions. We met a great group of fellow travelers and our guide was knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the castles in the mountains and waterfalls everywhere."

Linda

Tour: 07/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ruth was very knowledgeable about the places we visited-everything from great places to eat, hike, and visit to traditions and fun facts. The cities and towns on the tour were perfect. There were so many great places to hike and interesting places to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps in the different countries-the breathtaking beauty of the mountains will remain imprinted in my memory. "

Marilyn

Tour: 07/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This "My Way" tour was perfect for us. We could choose what activities we wanted to do based on our interest, energy level, and the weather. Our fellow travelers were fantastic as was our tour manager, Ruth Ann. There was a good balance between time on the road and time at the destinations. The hotels were very nice and centrally located. The scenery surpassed our wildest dreams!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Jungfrau from our balcony at the Hotel Regina in Wengen...stunning!"

Rebecca

Tour: 07/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very positive experience. This was my first ever tour with a group. I have travelled extensively, but always planned my own itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dolomites in Italy. I loved the small town of Castelrotto, the hotel, the views, and the activities we chose (Secada Ridge hike)."

Kathy

Tour: 07/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Trip of a lifetime! We would take this again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The “wow” moments were too numerous to count, but if I suddenly disappeared of my own accord and you wanted to find me, I would suggest you start looking in Wengen, Switzerland. If I wasn’t to be found there, Chamonix would be a smart second place to look. Both places are Shangri-la-esque! "

Kathleen

Tour: 07/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wengon"

Katelin

Tour: 07/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an amazing time filling our time with all things related to mountains and small towns. Laurel was a tremendous resource as tour manager giving recommendations that helped us maximize our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Dolimites and in Switzerland is unlike anything we have done before."

Paul

Tour: 07/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The alpine my way was exciting seeing the different mountains. Bus driver great. Tour guide was informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ice caves we went through. Saw some climbers go out on the mountain."

Paula

Tour: 06/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience with a MY WAY Tour and it was so much more than we expected! The countries we visited and the things we got to experience were a dream come true - and our Guide had a lot to do with that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the view from our balcony overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley - something right out of a storybook. We still cant believe it's real when we look at the pictures we took."

Eric

Tour: 06/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great exposure to natural wonders

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Scenery of the mountains rising above us "

Lowell

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Seemed the focus was on quantity over quantity

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Suspension bridge"

Scott

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves. We chose the "My Way" option, as we are accustomed to travelling on our own in Europe. This trip was of particular interest to us, as it seemed to be a difficult region to reach by public transportation. Everything went well ... the itinerary was great, hotels were perfectly located and our guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took the gondola at Mont Blanc from France to Italy and were awe struck."

Tim

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

overall great, nice people, all accommodations were nice without being to nice so that you wanted to stay indoors. Brain our guide was early in his career but did a very nice job. Worked very hard for his clients.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix is a fantastic place. love it, love to go back"

Carol-Anne

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great itinerary and perfectly located hotels. This was one of our favourite trips. The guidebook as always was extremely helpful and having a tour facilitator allowed us to review our plans and ensure they were reasonable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best thing was the gondola from the top of Mont Blanc over to Italy. The views were stunning and the silence was amazing."

Kathleen

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was okay. The information about options at each location was not as thorough as I thought it would be. Often limited by the experience and knowledge of the guide. It was often frustrating to figure out details of hikes and difficulty levels and specifics as to what to be prepared for. But, we got through it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley and the Dolomites"

James

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic trip and was our favorite Rick Steve's tour so far. We were able to experience the Alps in all their grandeur and will treasure the memories for years to come.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You cannot experience the Switzerland Alps without seeing and feeling the Wow factor"

Paul

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing, and moved along at a great pace. Our Tour Manager, Brian, was a helpful, approachable, and knowledgeable resource.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views at the Alpe di Siusi were incredible!"

Linda

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was beyond our expectations. Axel was a knowledgeable and fun tour guide. He made a point of making sure that everyone had the information they needed to make the best use of their tour time. His humor was very much appreciated. Rob the driver was very much a part of the group. We appreciated the activity in which we learned other tour participant names - it helped us connect as a group. We can't say enough about our positive experience. Looking at a future tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castelroto & the Alpi de Suisi."

Julianne

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terri

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a spectacular experience and one which I will forever remember. The “My Way” alternative versus traditional tour guide method is the absolute best IF you are interested in designing your own excursions. The transportation and lodging provisions as well as breakfast availability made the experience more enjoyable. Enjoyed our group of 26 other travelers. By far an outstanding experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is tough! Paragliding in Chamomix, views in the Dolomites and Swiss Alps, as well as the green meadows with serenades of cow bells come to mind . Top 3 WOWs!!!"

G Douglas

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfectly organized and directed by our tour manager Axle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the heavens in Mont Blanc"

Marianne

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a trip of a lifetime and made new friends while on the tour. Walking from village-to-village in areas of the Alps added joy to our experience.

Sam

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our fellow travelers. And our tour manager Axel was extremely helpful in helping us to plan our days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hanging out at the top of the Augille du Midi lift!"

Shawn

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled solo as a newbie hiker, and loved the vast array of hiking and cycling opportunities in a variety of environments. My tour group was friendly and fun, always encouraging and welcoming, looking out for each other. Our tour guide was generous with his time and advice. I love our group “What’s App” for easy communication throughout the tour. I had a great time, and wished it were a bit longer of course!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few wow moments: The misty magical morning on Lake Koniggssee outside of Salzburg, the thrill of the luge in Fussen, the snow at the mountain tops, and the vast wide open space - and flowers and cows - on the Romantic Trail in Mannlichen where I only saw a handful of other people. The different languages were fun to try. Over the 12 day tour, the camaraderie was a plus as we ventured through the alps. "

Jeffrey

Tour: 06/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first “My Way” tour and I truly loved it. The scenery was amazing. The hotels were comfortable and the bus was easy riding. The tour participants were friendly and we all got along well and the Tour Manager was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That’s really hard to pinpoint. I never thought I would ever see the Alps much less travel and see them through 5 countries. Every view was better than the last. But if I had to try and pick one thing, it was the Paragliding my wife and I did in Chamonix. A once in a lifetime experience. This whole trip was a once in a lifetime experience."

Maria

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the "My Way" tour because it allowed us to explore on our own without having to worry about making hotel accommodations and travel arrangements between countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the thrill and excitement I felt as we entered each new destination on the tour. Each and every stop was my favorite. I was wowed by the wonderful restaurants, the amazing coffee, the cleanliness of each hotel and city, the majestic mountain peaks, and the fresh mountain air. Riding to the top of Mont Blanc, hiking all the way down to the village of Castelrotto from the Alpe di Siusi, and visiting the village of Gimmelwald were some true highlights. "

Neva

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 3rd time on the Alpine My Way Tour! As a woman traveling alone who loves to hike, it works very well for me to be with like minded travelers. The tour management system works well yet you can make up your own itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking my favorite trails in each location and finding another new trail I loved in Switzerland because my favorite trail was closed due to construction."

Bill

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Met our expectations of a special experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Roaming the fields in the Dolomites"

Kelli

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic trip! We enjoyed our experiences in the Alps, as well as the ease of transportation and our clean & convenient lodging. The support from our tour manager was just what we needed. All the anxiety-inducing logistics were managed so that we could enjoy our amazing trip. Our questions were answered and options presented, but we were encouraged to do our own thing. Additionally, we enjoyed the company of our travel companions. The beautiful weather was truly a bonus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The blessing of a clear morning the day we went to the Heilbronner and Mount Blanc peaks was memorable. The blue sky and clouds over the peaks was amazing, as were the glacier hikers below. Generally, the amount of alpine hiking I was able to do was an additional "wow" for me. The trails were made accessible by the tour as well as the systems in place in the region (like lifts)."

Robert

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second 'My Way' tour. (My spouse and I did Italy in 2018). After that Italy tour the bar was set pretty high. This tour met and exceeded expectations at every turn. The my way tours are totally the way I like to travel, not worrying about the hassles that can come from getting from point a to point b, etc., but just being able to focus on living in the moment(s), savoring and enjoying the freedom that my way provides for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I probably have close to a billion 'wow' moments from this trip. It took my wife a little bit to figure out my random bursts of laughter were just the sheer joy of being where we were, versus oncoming insanity. One of the coolest things, I thought, was Trummelbach Falls. The unbelievable access to this power, going on inside this mountain, and being just feet from it was just totally 'wow'."

Robert

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip. Everyday was packed with hiking, biking and eating. So fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt The DOLOMITES!"

Karen

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was our first “your way” tour and the Alpine adventure was perfect. We had great suggestions from our guide but got to plan the day based on our needs and wants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting off the Panorama lift and seeing the Dolomites. The mountains, the valley, the air, the sky, the wildflowers. It brought tears to my eyes. "

Susan

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was absolutely fantastic and was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I wanted to hike in the mountains and see drop dead gorgeous views and that’s what I did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to choose one because each stop had a wow moment but if I had to choose just one, it would be the Manlichen-Kleine Scheidigg hike in Switzerland. That hike was exactly what I envisioned when we chose this tour. We were surrounded by such beauty and it took my breath away. A close second would be hiking in the Alpi di Siusi with all the wildflowers and hearing the tinkling of cow bells everywhere. (We liked that so much we even bought a cowbell to take home, our only souvenir). "

Deron

Tour: 06/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. I had high expectations and our trip exceeded all of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up to Aiguille du Midi. I've never seen sites like that."

Joann

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time hiking, biking and eating our way through the spectacular Alps. Hotels in great locations and a really special tour family. Loved that we were in 5 small towns to really immerse in their culture. The My Way concept of choosing your own activities (or not) is a great way to feel on vacation when you're on a tour. Our two guides and delightful bus driver were so helpful and fun to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" The Alpe di Siusi hike with the wildflowers blooming, views of Dolomites and snowy Alps, cows with bells ringing and seeing a Palomino foal was magic We topped it off with the best Apple Strudel of the trip while chatting with a German couple at our table about the foods they were having. Very enlightening!"

Jane

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had an amazing time. We would do it again in a second! Everything was beautifully thought out, the hotel accommodations, the quality of the hotel food, the bus rides, the trip leaders, all excellent. There were so many activities to choose from. The people on the tour were top notch and it was so comforting to see a familiar face when we were out and about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved Lautterbrunnen Valley. The restaurants were average but the views and activities in the area were so inspiring. Riding the cable cars up the mountainside was a new experience. The hiking as we came down was unforgettable. I loved the wildflowers that were in full bloom. The cows added so much to the atmosphere with their bells."

Brennyn

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alpine Europe My Way Tour was my first time in Europe and it was amazing! Five countries in 12 days is a lot, but totally worth it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was sitting on my hotel balcony in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland looking at the mountain and waterfall view."

Jayne

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each leg of the Alpine trip brought new vistas, experiences and "favorite" moments. It was never boring!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was The Royal Ride gondola trip (atop the cable car!) from Mannlichen in Switzerland."

Suzanne

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Michael

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First tour we've ever taken. The My Way process was perfect for us! Gave us peace to know the hotel bookings & bus transfers were all arranged. Although not 5 star hotels, def. worthy of quality, cleanliness and great setting in the areas we wanted to see & explore. We felt prepared with the vast expanse of information on the RS website and the Alpine tour book. The 2 tour guides, Katya (sp) and Brian were very approachable, knowledgable, and fun too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So Many! The best, however was the walk along the Alps di Suisi ! The impetus for taking this Alpine Tour was Rick Steves' episode of this area. That high altitude meadow was my Bucket List moment, and I was so ecstatic to be able to inhale that air, view the flowery meadows and take pics with beautiful cows! Truly the best!"

Susan

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way tour but fourth Rick Steves Tour. The Alpine regions were a marvel to see. I recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alpine di Suise, The Eiger, Mont, Jungfrau, Kleine Scherdegg. Even though Mont Blanc was closed on the day we were supposed to go up because of high winds and low visibility it is still an impressive sight to see being the tallest peak in Europe. We did go see the Mar de Glace and Ice cave instead. It's good to see a glacier now because of global warming we may not be able to see them in the future."

Jacob

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. We had two guides both of whom were outstanding. The places we visited were beautiful and increasingly awesome as the trip went on. The bus was very comfortable and the driver was absolutely the best. Overall the hotels were fine with one exception which was sorted by our guide. The group was great. Many nice people. We generally did our own thing during the day and sometimes connected with others for meals or drinks. I guess that’s why we chose that type of tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I suppose one moment that stands out in the second evening in Salzburg, having beer with my wife on top of the fortress. Watching the shadows shifting the valley below and the mountains beyond. And down below us was looked like a beautiful old monastic building with undoubtedly the most ugly and inappropriate modern addition scabbed on the side. I asked our waiter about it and he agreed it was a crime against the senses courtesy of a local politician. We stood together in complete agreement."

Leslie

Tour: 06/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best tours I've taken with Rick Steves. It had a great itinerary, we had a great group of mixed ages and types of travelers, varied things to do for all abilities and great guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Toss up between the Lauterbrunnen and Chamonix."

Jana

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way tour. It was a perfect choice for Alpine Europe. We chose the level of activity for our interest with some guidance from our guide. Hotel locations were great, breakfasts terrific and all had lovely common areas. Lack of adequate cooling, even in June made sleep difficult at times. Glad we had early June departure. Climate change impacts are real even in Alpine locales.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about the Dolomites and Switzerland. The Alpine meadow hikes in both were best parts. "

Laurie

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely terrific! Everything from the well-thought through itinerary and our very knowledgeable, experienced and prepared group leader, Gretchen, and our well-suited and compatible fellow travelers, to the stunning scenery and incredible weather our trip was near-perfect. Gretchen ensured we were prepared for every day by reviewing options, providing insights and details so we could (and did!) maximize our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had two favorite “wows.” The first was Alpe di Suisi/Seiser Alm - our day spent hiking there was simply spectacular (scenery, weather, choices, Apple strudel). The second was our full day of hiking out of Lauterbrunnen starting with the Royal Ride from Wengen to Mannlichen, the Royal Walk and then the hike over to Kleine Scheidegg. Again the views, the weather, the full experience was breathtaking."

Michael

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, spectacular landscape

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Dolomites "

Ruth

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is no other itinerary like it that encompasses all those tourist attractions within one trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alpe di Siusi Trail of the Witches."

Howard

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first MY WAY tour and we really enjoyed it. Gretchen, our 'chaperone' was a delight and very helpful. She had lots of great tips. The five towns we visited were wonderful. of the five tours we've done, this was my second favorite after the Tuscany Tour. I like that the tour was less structured than the regular tours -- I think it was a perfect match to hiking in the Alps. We could easily set our own pace and agenda. The only downside was the last hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The meadow on the North Face Trail in the Lauterbrunnen area. I have hiked and backpacked for many years but this was a view that just took my breath away!!"

Susan

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour encompassing all of the alpine locations that had been wanting to visit. We enjoyed the 'my way' experience in choosing what we wanted to do at each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose just one! One of my favorite moments was taking the Aguille du Midi cable car and then the gondola at the top of Mont Blanc over to Italy. The weather was beautiful and we watched climbers scale the mountain from our gondola. Jaw dropping spectacular."

John

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very enjoyable - the tour group were very nice, the locations were generally spectacular and the guide Gretchen was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on our balcony in Lauterbrunnen overlooking the Staubach Falls, drinking wine and eating burgers from the pub. "

Becky

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this tour was amazing! I have never been to Europe, and this trip exceeded my expectations. We learned so much! Gretchen was an outstanding tour guide! We will do this again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Each country we visited had its own special moments. My favorites include: The Witches Trail in the Italian Dolomites; everything about Lauterbrunnen; both sides of the valley, beautiful historic Salzburg; the cathedrals and cemetaries along the way, the amazing architecture in all the cities we visited. The entire tour felt as if we were walking into a picture postcard. We both commented that we could not believe what we were seeing. "

Heather

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gretchen was fabulous, loaded with info, and very fun! All the places we went to were awesome, the hotels good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up to see Mont Blanc, listening to the roar of the Arve just outside our room."

Jennifer

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved the itinerary. It was fabulous. The hotels we stayed in were lovely and I was impressed with the locations and views. Tour leader was phenomenal - Gretchen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a tie between hiking in the The Alpe Di Suisi and the hiking in Switzerland"

Patty

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Out first RS My Way Tour was amazing. Already in France on a Covid delayed Ann Arbor Zingerman’s tour with a friend, we added the alps trip. (long distance travel at our age is not guaranteed). So glad we did this. Gretchen is so so knowledgeable. She willingly shared details and her own experiences, made us feel comfortable and confident, plus she is a hoot to be around. Planning each day was fun with challenges and unknowns remaining so that the experience felt fresh and our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow for me was interacting at least somewhat with all but two of our fellow travelers. Mike and I ended up doing different hikes, toured Eagles Nest, castles etc. always with different people. We learned about the imperfect Canadian health care system vs. the imperfect U.S. health care system. We wondered together about European approaches. What are their challenges? The sites, vistas, travel modes (cable, cogs, trains) were lovely experiences but learning how others live always wows me."

Louise

Tour: 06/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first My Way and it was above expectations. Greychen was very generous and resourceful for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hike on the Alpi di Siusi, such a beautiful walk with great views and feel good feelings."

Sandy

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this tour exceeded all my expectations. The tour begins with the lovely city of Salzburg then winds through the jaw-dropping beauty of the Alps. Being able to hike and explore the many Alpine areas was truly wonderful. Our guide, Don, helped navigate us through the must-see experiences along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the Aiguille du Midi cable car to the summit of Mont Blanc and the views from the terrace there is an experience I won't ever forget. The various hikes through the Dolomites and Switzerland were truly breath-taking. I also really enjoyed the Eagle's Nest and Hallstatt side trips from Salzburg."

Herbert

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Was disappointed that you didn’t know about “Federal Day” in ltaly in Castlerotto when there was constant partying and we couldn’t sleep for two nights. You should have been able to know that ahead of time and could have avoided this!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. Such a beautiful area the Lauterbrunnen valley and wegnen "

Dale

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the important details were taken care—the hotels and the transportation between towns. Don, our guide, provided excellent context regarding each of the places we visited, guidance regarding the available activities and overall support for whatever we needed. Since this was our first “My Way” trip, I was pleasantly surprised by how much support Don provided the group and each individual. I did not fully understand that Don would be actually traveling with our group the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose just one “wow” moment but I’d say our time in Wengen, Switzerland. The vistas were spectacular and the hiking was wonderful. We walked through small villages and the valley floor and encountered very few people. Downtown was busy with tourist but it was easy to get away from that and enjoy nature and the beauty of the mountains and numerous waterfalls."

Greg

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first group tour and we were a little nervous about being around so many strangers. We were also the youngest in the group and were not sure how we would fit in. However our excellent guide, Don Chmura, created a great atmosphere and we spent time getting to know the fantastic people with us. We were stunned by amazing scenery, enjoyed different food and drinks, loved the small town feel of the places we stayed, and just had the best time. It exceeded our expectations beyond words.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved every stop for different reasons, be it natural beauty, excellent food, fun atmosphere or breathing in thin air at the top of a mountain. But Lauterbrunnen was the most beautiful place and none of us could believe a place like this could exist. The valley floor and both sides offered spectacular views and didn't seem real. It was amazing."

Richard

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Alps my way allowed time for hiking, or just kicking back. I felt totally prepared to visit each site thanks to the book and our managers orientation. Great bunch of fellow pilgrims, I felt there was great value in traveling this way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Dolomites for the first time, as well as enjoying our balcony view in Wengen. "

Karen

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time on our tour. Don was an awesome tour guide. He knew where to direct us to for our best opportunities on trails, gondolas & restaurants. He gave background on the areas we were going to while we traveled on the bus & shared regional treats. The hotel’s & breakfasts were all good. Our weather was warmer than usual, so no air conditioning made it uncomfortable. A fan in the room would be nice. When in Castlerotto there was regional festival, 50 ft from Hotel, a lot of Noise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the town of Chamonix & the Aiguille du Midi gondola ride to a view that was epic."

Pam

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader, Don, was the best I’ve had out of many tours. Bus conditions and our bus driver were both outstanding. Hotels were far better than expected for European hotels. The group of people was also the best I’ve ever traveled with. And of course the scenery was fantastic. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either the Trummelbach Falls or the top of the Aguille du Midi. "

Connie

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gary

Tour: 05/31/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Don did a great job of setting the tone for the tour from day one. He told us what was expected of each of us and what he would provide. That put everyone at ease. By laying out the tour from the begining we were equiped to enjoy ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed how the tour got better as we went along. Each stop had exciting aspects, but they grew as the tour progressed."

Kwang S

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was an excellent alpine experience that included most famous summits of the Alps, castles and medieval cities. I worried about the weather, but it turned out sunny and mild. The hotels were mostly nice and clean and had good breakfast. The tour was reasonably well guided. So overall I enjoyed the tour very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place we visited had its own unique character - they were were all “wow” moments."

Douglas

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first "My Way" tour. I have experienced two other Rick Steves tours previously. I had wanted to go on this tour for some time and it met my high expectations. The mountains were incredible. The hotels were in wonderful locations and had local charm. The weather was clear in the morning with clouds in the afternoon. Our guide was very good and oriented us to the places we stayed. We had planned many tours on our own before going and they worked out well for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments on our tour. Most notable was our time in Lauterbrunnen. The view from our hotel was breathtaking. Every city and hotel was unique, the weather was great, and the mountains were majestic. Really enjoyed our time also in the Dolomites."

Mark

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent; my 2nd trip ti Europe in 48 years! Everything was as advertised, and we were lucky with weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staubach Falls was ethereal! Trummelbach tunnels was the most "thrilling" tourist trip I've ever seen. Lauterbrunnen and Dolomites were both spectacular."

Inja

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was much better than I expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time I went to the top of the Europe, it was incredible viewing of majestic mountains. Dolomites, Zugspitze, Jungfrau & Mont Blanc "

Judy

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Tour Manager, Brian Swanson, was pleasant and thoughtful of everyone. He took time to listen to all the people. Our Bus Driver, Eric, was an excellent driver to manuveur the very large bus in narrow mountain roads past other large vehicles. The bus was clean and comfortable. The hotels were clean, comfortable, and each one was unique for its own decor. I'm still dreaming of the beautiful mountains and Alpine valleys with flowers and grapevines, cows and horses.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Lauterbrunnen , Switzerland I could see the waterfall on the cliff outside the French doors and listen to beautiful piano music. The gondola rides up the famous mountains showed us spectacular views. We rode up early once with the mountain climbers in full gear. The 007 James Bond movie museum on Schilthorn Mountain, Piz Gloria, was interesting and fun to call on the Red phone for the Secret Mission. The Revolving Restaurant had a 360 degree view of the Alps and delicious food! "

Sandra

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guide and beautiful places and blessed with good weather

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved staying at the Staubach in Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland . The view was fabulous "

Virginia

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the geography was amazing in all five countries"

Becky

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was very well organized and definitely allowed us to experience Europe as it really is.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day spent in Lauterbrunnen Valley (Murren, Grimelwald, Piz Gloria and James Bond Breakfast brunch), seeing cows driven up to the high meadows, buying high alpine cheese directly from a farmer."

Laura

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a great experience. We thought it was paced out very well between countries. The hotels were nice and the people we met were so friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went to Fussen Germany. Getting to ride bikes along the beautiful lake near downtown was magical."

Donna

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good guide,tour,tour companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen valley "

Tom

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We all had fun as a group yet had the total independence to do whatever we wanted at each new adventure.

Shelley

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our first MY WAY tour. We have done six full tours prior. We loved the places we went and the bus driver was amazing as well as the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number of them. The top of Mont Blanc was one of our WOW moments!"

Sandra

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The layout of the tour as a My Way was perfect for my husband and I. Taking away the transportation hassles and lodging and giving us the latitude to choose our activities worked very well. I would definitely travel on a Rick Steves My Way tour again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to choose but the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley was breathtaking. As an avid hiker it was wonderful to enjoy the countryside. My husband and I did Paraglide for the first time in Chamoniix with Sean Potts (recommended in his tour book) and that was fabulous as well."

Paul

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Just what I expected from my first My Way tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ice man museum in Bolzano Italy"

Robert

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Many superlatives could be used to sum up my tour experience. I will say that enlightening is the one I choose to define the overall experience. My faith in the ability of people to be respectful and civil has been battered over the last several years but joining this group of adventurous travelers was a welcomed respite. The tour provided not only the joys of visiting new and beautiful locales, but also the shared enthusiasm of fellow tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have several "wow" moments that come to mind. In keeping with the well-worn cliche, "you always remember your first...", I have to say arriving in Castelrotto and seeing the stunning natural beauty was perhaps the moment that I had most anticipated before embarking on the tour. I was not disappointed."

Dave

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley with waterfalls (reminded me of Yosemite Valley); hikes viewing the mountains above the valley floor."

Joseph

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All of the countries we visited were beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The thrill walk"

Eric

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alpine MyWay trip was amazing! We wanted to sample different places for hiking in the Alps, and this trip was the perfect way to do it. The hotels we stayed in made us feel like we were immersed in the culture. Each location offered wonderful options for either hiking or touring, no matter the weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking down the moraine ridge trail below the Eiger glacier near Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. We turned the corner, escaped the crowds, and felt like we were hiking on top of the world. So many unbelievable views hiking in Switzerland!"

Linda

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best!! Even though the weather was not cooperating till the last two countries, the trip couldn’t have been better. Our tour manager, Gretchen, was so sweet & helpful. And our fellow travelers were the friendliest group we could of asked for. We had so much fun with them whenever & wherever we met up. I credit Gretchen with that since she had a way of bringing us all together socially. But what was most outstanding was the itinerary itself. Can’t recommend this tour enough!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many “wow” moments in all 5 countries that this tour took us to. But on the last day of the tour when we were in France, three of us that were traveling together, decided to paraglide from Mt. Blanc (a suggestion in RS guidebook). We had watched the paragliders flying over our heads in almost every country and toyed with the thought of doing it ourselves. Well, it was the best decision we made and the most thrilling experience of our lives. Even at 73, I did it!! "

Martha

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a great survey of the Alps and alpine culture and history. Beyond the scenery, which was uniformly gorgeous, it was fun to sample the different cultures, multiple languages, and diverse foods, and learn how to greet someone on the meadow trails with the appropriate expression (in German, Italian, Swiss German, German, and French) and to navigate the diverse transportation options was a thrill. I mean, how many people get to hike in the Alps in multiple countries?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The funny thing is that my 'wow' moment wasn't even supposed to be on the tour. We had some bad weather on the first part and the day we were supposed to go up the Zugspitze, the summit was completely socked in. So our guides took us instead to Ehrenberg, a medieval fortress complex guarding an important pass. It was such a great historical site, and there was a terrific little museum there. I felt like some part of history that had been unclear to me before was now plain."

Maret

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It’s was a great way to sample the European Alps. We covered a lot of ground.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking alone with my husband in Castelrotto. No one around, the spooky mountains coming in and out of the clouds. Then finding a cozy mountain inn for hot tea and strudel."

Ron

Tour: 09/26/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great hotels

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Moon over the Lauterbrennen valley"

Laura

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was great, loved the locations and had a good group. Unfortunately the weather was less than stellar, many rainy days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the cablecar to the Stilthorn Piz Gloria summit and having the weather clear for a bit."

Marsha

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite some rainy weather, the tour was excellent. Hotels were good, our tour “manager” Ylva (spelling?) was very good, The locations we visited were well-chosen and the Rick Steves Guidebook provided to all of us gave quite useful information. The bus driver was delightful and drove beautifully. The cost was reasonable. No complaints at all! (Well, you might provide a bit more sunshine next time🤪!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gimmelwald, cows with bells walking down the street in Murren, the hotel in Castelrotto with free espresso all day and fabulous breakfasts, amazing Citron (lemon) gelato in Fussen, and of course the Alpine peaks and gondola views. "

Gina

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This "My Way" tour was a bit different than our previous two RS tours. Our adult children chose it because they wanted more control over activities, but assistance with hotels and transportation. Since this trip was a gift to them, it worked out well for them. We had a great time as well, but will probably choose a more standard tour. At our age, there is something to be said for having one's plans already planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the Alps whether by foot or cable car always made for an unforgettable picture and experience."

James

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well selected hotels, well-managed transport between locations. Guide was attentive and helpful (she was called in at last minute to replace another guide, and did a good job despite never having led this particular tour).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments were fewer than expected because rainy weather obscured most views of the Alps. However, we had one excellent day in the Alpi de Suisi, hiking in the Dolomites -- world class scenery. "

Ronald

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alpe di Suise"

Harrold

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleased with the tour. The weather was a little uncooperative but everyone made the most of it by donning a rainsuit or umbrella. Excellent hiking with great views. Wonderful way to experience the Alps with newly made friends and our son and his fiancee.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to narrow them down. We enjoyed a dinner and concert of Mozart music overlooking Salzburg, a cable car up the Zugspitze, a lunch in a small restaurant in Murren after a wonderful hike, and many more!!"

Colleen

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Cloudy with chance of amazing discoveries every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a hotdog in the square in Bolzano in the sunshine after experiencing Otzi !"

Joan

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the places we visited and the “My Way” program.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Lauterbrunnen mountains was my favorite wow moment."

Marla

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, this tour was outstanding. This was my first "My Way" tour and I loved every minute. Each location was spectacular, filled with amazing views and experiences. Our guide, Gretchen was extremely helpful, providing us with information about hotels, restaurants, and hiking options. The hotels were centrally located and were welcoming to our group. I had wonderful experiences at every stop; the trip exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the trails above Lauterbrunnen was my favorite "wow" moment. Pictures do not capture the beauty of this area. The North Face trail was especially beautiful, each turn in the trail provided a new vista. The Dolomites were also stunning, however we had low clouds hanging over the peaks for most of the day. Both locations had easy access to the trails, cable cars, gondolas, trains transported us up to the trailheads. Very easy to navigate."

Mart

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I liked the freedom of the My Way tour but appreciated that I didn`t have to worry about travel and hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cows with their bells in Wengen coming down from their summer pastures, because I wasn`t expecting it. Otherwise I loved the views on Männlichen-Kleine walk."

Deborah

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I chose the "My Way" tour because we prefer to choose our own activities when we travel, but it was such a convenience and a pleasure to have transportation and lodging arranged for us. We loved the unique hotels and the comfortable bus rides, as well as the help of Gretchen to choose our activities. It was wonderful having a knowledgeable guide and a helpful bus driver take the time to help us get our bearings in each new location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow!!!" moment was walking out on the balcony of our Hotel Staubach room to see the Lauterbrunnen Valley with the Staubach Waterfall and soaring steep cliffs framing my view of the sun shining on the snow-covered peaks of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. My internal conversation was "I'm here, I'm really here, I can't believe I'm really here!" "

Edward

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aiguille du midi was perfectly clear and we were treated to a 100 mile view in all directions. Also the lauger brunnen valley was special except for the clouds on schilthorn peak. What great fun."

Riley

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley was the Alps of the Alps! Good thing you didn't to start there, since the earlier locations were stunning!"

Carolyn

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Joy. I felt we had a lot of luck come our way but I understand that is because I trusted your company in the first place and all the great preparation provided for us. Thank you for great guidance!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my adult son's reaction to the first really huge mountain in Italy. It was his childhood face of seeing something totally awesome. That's what it's all about. We both had a tough time recently with loss of his father, my beloved husband and also we both were frontline full time workers through the pandemic so lets just say we were in need of a vacation somewhere awesome!"

Kersti

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

After years of travelling on our own, it was nice to have the practicalities (hotels, transportation) taken care of. We liked the freedom of planning our own activities but having a knowledgeable guide to steer us in the right direction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting off the gondola in Mannlichen on a crystal clear day and seeing the ring of mountains and the valleys below."

Lynn

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Comfortable hotels, passionate tour guide, wonderful bus driver. The other participants were friendly and helpful. The places we visited were fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when I opened the balcony doors in Wengen and saw the view of the mountains! I was totally awestruck!"

Jinna

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places we visited in the Alps were stunning--all 5 of them! We met amazing people; the accommodations were wonderful; and the guide was delightful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot mention just one--the overall experience was superb!"

Jose

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had an amazing time during the trip. Both our guide and our driver made the experience even better with their recommendations. Our tour group was fun and engaging. We enjoyed the activities options available at each city. We also were very please at the location of the hotels. We had easy access to restaurants and shopping.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose one specific moment as our favorite. We loved hiking in the Dolomites mountains in Italy. We loved walking the old towns in Bolzano, Fuzen and Salzburg, but our favorite time was in Wengen Switzerland. We had an awesome time hiking at the top of the Schilthorn. We were lucky to have great weather and were rewarded with great views. The hiking options in this area are simply amazing. "

Maria

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had an awesome experience. Rest was not on the agenda as we were on the go every day. But then there is only 1 way to cover the ground we did and absorb what we could, and that is what your itinerary provides. My way is truly great, and on several occasions we allowed ourselves to be caught up with the plans of others and that was really the only regrets. We made friends with our group, but our activity level was faster than others, and we learned that we really had to go on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having spent the better part of 3 decades watching Rick on TV talk about the pleasantness of Gimmewald, entering in from above after walking from Murren, up and around the high meadows with the cows, past the Spritz waterfall and then seeing the almost mystical town below as we exited the forrest was the moment of the trip. We capped this with a great simple meal of raclette at the only place in town, then made it back to Wengen with ease and a great degree of satisfaction."

Dorothy

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Tour was the perfect for us as our first group/bus experience. We felt very lucky to have a like- minded group of travelers with us and a tour guide with genuine enthusiasm for travel. Each location along the route was better than the last. I recommend the Alpine tour to anyone who prefers a solid mix of hiking, museums, good food and jaw dropping views. We were so glad the hotels and transport were taken care of so we could focus on the fun parts of our vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That was a word we said along the entire trip, but I believe we said 'Wow!" the most in Switzerland. The views were spectacular - even from the large balcony at our hotel room - I still don't know why we left!"

Cyndi

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After 3 previous cancellations for this trip (due to COVID lockdowns), my expectations were sky high and I am thrilled to say my "My Way" Alpine Tour was everything I hoped it would be. Fantastic from beginning to end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one "Wow" but I would have to say that the incredible beauty of the Alps stretching from Austria to France is difficult to describe. Observing God's handiwork literally took my breath away. Many 'wows' combined into one huge WOW! Having a chance then to not just "See" the Alps but to hike them, relax in a casual lunch hut, cable car up to the heights, watch the paragliders, Really thrilling experience that can not be replicated anywhere else."

Leanne

Tour: 09/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun from the get-go! Fun and friendly travelers, and a very helpful guide that went the extra mile to insure we all had a good time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Concert at the Mirabelle Palace (in Salzburg), beautiful venue with outstanding music. "

Martins

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent opportunities for viewing, hiking, and experiencing the Alps- and the people that live there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many.....hard to narrow to just one. However, the experience of the cows "coming home" in Wengen followed by the hike beginning in Mannlichen where other cows still were grazing in the mountains touched me "

Jeff

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the My Way format. Transportation and hotels arranged so I could focus on fun. Bus trips not too long. The Alps are amazing. I wish I had gone long ago. Tour size was about right, not much waiting. Group had a similar mind set; immerse in the mountains. Don, our guide, was fantastic. He seemed to know everything, and was very helpful. And we saw him at his old hotel in Gimmelwald. The weather limited some of our sights and some were closed for the season. Snowed on twice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two days of Wow in the Lauterbrunnen valley. Good weather so we went to the top of Jungfraujoch and Shilthorn. Watched the cows come home in Wengen."

Jeff

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great opportunity to explore alpine environments, with the flexibility of making your own daily itinerary. Plus, the hotels and transportation were provided. And how fortunate to have a tour manager who has written this own hiking book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With such stunning vistas, "Wow!" was my most frequently uttered word!"

Susan

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was great. The only reason I didn't give it an Outstanding is that the weather didn't cooperate fully for some of the stops, which was not the fault of anyone or thing associated with Rick Steves Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Lauterbrunen Valley provided me with three days of wow moments. That place is truly iconic and we want to return there for a longer time in the future."

Terry

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour allowed us to see a variety of incredible places within a short period of time and without the hassle of figuring out transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen "

Kathryn

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first "My Way" tour, and we were happy with the way it was conducted. The tour was well organized, and our guide Don did an excellent job on providing background information and recommendations on activities at each stop. We appreciated the optional dinner and "Happy Hours" that he arranged, which were good ways to get to know the other people on the tour. The only downside was the weather (heavy overcast) at a couple of mountain locations that significantly limited the view.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "wow" moment was the hiking and views in the Lauterbrunnen Valley during our hike on the Mountain View and North Face trails from Grutschalp to Murren. We were alone (except for a few cows) on the Mountain View trail in the morning and were rewarded with outstanding views of the Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monch while hiking through woods and Alpine meadows. This day was definitely the highlight of our trip. "

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group, great guide, and great destinations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always Switzerland Alps and a new love for it Chamonix, France. Mont Blanc and the surrounding Mountains were spectacular."

Steve

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we had a great experience. Our Alpine My Way tour is exactly how figured it would be. We had a great bus driver and Don Chmura was a good source of information. We are independent travelers, and this tour was a great way to get around the alps without the headaches of putting the transportation together ourselves. And we met some really fantastic people in our tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face trail above Murren, Switzerland, and gazing at the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau for over 2 hours while we hiked. That is probably the most beautiful sight on earth."

Carol

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour. We had a great guide, good group, and saw many beautiful places Europe. Loved staying in local hotels, places I would have never booked on my own. We could not have covered this much area on our own. We will return.This was our first guided Europe tour. I like the my way concept.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" The hike/walk from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, beautiful views of the Eiger and glacier so close. Chamonix with the mountains rising up so close to town was amazing."

Jerry

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Great locations, bus clean and on time, guides very attentive, hotels sub standard

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dolemites hiking"

Ellen

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The My Way approach provided a great structure supporting independent exploration of the cities and towns and villages on the Alpine tour itinerary. We could plan our own hikes and meals and set the day's schedule to match our daily energy level and interests. This allowed for serendipitous discoveries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The chair lift from La Flegere to L'Index above Chamonix. "

Gary

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice mix of 5 different countries with beautiful hikes, historic sites and wonderful scenery everywhere you looked (weather dependent). Kathleen was very helpful in consulting with us for our independent interests.The hotels were very nice and in good locations for navigating around. The 3 night stay at Lauterbrunnen was most pleasant. I'd recommend a 3+ night stay at all locations if possible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aiguille Du Midi lift and then hike to the ice caves was amazing. But the most pleasant hike I took with very few people (only cows with bells) was an early morning hike from Grutschlap to Murren on the upper "Mountain View Trail". Pleasant bike rides in Salzburg and Fussen were also very pleasant. Late afternoon on the "Witches Trail" in the Dolomites was beautiful & peaceful! "

Todd

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was incredible to be able to see all the Alps locations and just concentrate on exploring and hiking instead of logistics

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Dolomites"

Tom

Tour: 08/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing places that I never believed I’d get to see!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out onto my balcony in Castelrotto and finding myself face-to-face with the Dolomites"

Donald

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alps tour lived up to everything we could expect in a 2 week tour. We wanted hiking and biking and the tour filled the bill.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hikes in the Dolomites , Switzerland and France. Loved the mountain hikes. We got very lucky on the weather - thank you for arranging that weather. "

Janet L

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved almost every minute of this tour (except when the church bells went off at 3 am, 4 am, 5 am)....Our guide, Don, was very helpful, and we lucked out with great weather. Accommodations were comfortable, transportation was excellent. The cities we visited and the beautiful views and experiences will last forever in my heart and soul. I'm so thankful that everyone on the tour stayed healthy, too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say going to the Aiguille du Midi was my favorite. We went up the day we arrived, and again the next morning. A third time we hiked from Plan du Aiguille to Mers du Glace. The views of Mont Blanc are spectacular! I also loved our hike in the Alpe du Suisi of the Dolomites. I needed a week there!"

Janet

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amazing! I really enjoyed the Alpine My Way Tour. The tour guide-Don- was great. The other participants were wonderful. Every city/region provided a unique experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can’t say that there was one “WOW” moment. Each day brought new (to me) experiences. The alpine meadows, the snow covered mountains, the glaciers, the cows with their cowbells, the castles, even the color of the rivers and the blue of the lakes were unbelievable."

Scott

Tour: 08/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of time at each location with amazing sights through the Alps. Good hotels and helpful tour guide Don helped us optimize our time. Chamonix was amazing. Hiking the Dolomites was very serene. Recommend focusing on the North Face trail when near Mürren. If choosing between Jungfraujoch and Aiguille du Midi, choose the Aiguille and take the Helbronner gondola for much less money and more unique experience. Hohenschwangau was much better than Neuschwanstein.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gliding over the Mer de Glace glacier on the gondola from Aiguille du Midi to Pointe Helbronner in Chamonix. Was like floating over an alien world of icy crevasses."

Krey

Tour: 08/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and it was absolutely outstanding. I can't imagine a better way to experience the Alps in a few short weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After arriving in Lauterbrunnen, we met Rick & Shelley in town...they just happened to be staying at our hotel, while on their own tour of the Swiss high country! They were both very kind and tremendously gracious. Also, the petite gondola ride between Aguille de Midi & Punte Helbronner was absolutely breathtaking."

Vanessa

Tour: 08/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first My Way Tour and I really like the concept of doing what you want to do rather than following a set schedule. I am a single traveler, but the other tour members welcomed me to join them on their activities. Just like the other guided tours, the tour members were great. We all got along very well. Out tour manager, Kathleen and our intern Ruby, were great and very knowledgeable and helpful helping with planning and finding great places to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was paragliding over the Lauterbrunnen Valley! I had seen videos and decided I wanted to do that too. The views were spectacular. I was really looking forward the the Lauterbrunnen part of the trip, and it didn’t disappoint."

Becky

Tour: 08/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour, excellent accommodations and even great weather. Our group was lovely, wonderful people to travel with and diverse in their past travel experiences. We learned a lot from all of them and enjoyed getting to know them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping off the plane in Solisburg after 20+ hours of travel and seeing mountain ranges. Wonderful! The petite gondola adventure over the glaciers was absolutely spectacular and wouldn’t trade it for anything."

Richard

Tour: 08/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour. As in all other RS tour, guides Kathleen & Ruby were helpful and fun, Driver John was skillful and kind. All the tour mates were great and fun. The scenery was terrific - day after day of the most beautiful places on earth, endless opportunities for the beautiful hikes helped by cables and gondolas. Richard was able to hike over 120 miles in 2 weeks. It was a relaxing and fun trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments. Hiking in rain & wind in Alpe de Siusi, drenched, could not see anything, but enjoyed the delicious lunch at Pulflatch Hut with new tour friends. Hanging quietly in Helbronner Gondola from Aiguille du Midi to Italy over the glaciers. It was surreal. 360 degree view from the Eagles Nest. But our favorite overall was Berner Oberland of Switzerland. It was so beautiful and peaceful hiking there. It was our 2nd time there, but we never get tired of the area."

Tina

Tour: 08/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had wanted to see the Alpine regions of Europe, but did not want to deal with transporting ourselves around. This tour enabled us to see the areas we wanted to see, but not have to plan on how to get there. Tour manager, Kathleen, was very helpful in giving us specific info on how to see the areas we were interested in, where to go to get to the lifts, which buses to catch & which hikes that would match our abilities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 1st cable car rides to Schlithorn! Although a somewhat cloudy day, we were still amazed by the views! On the way down, we walked from Murren to Gimmewald & loved how beautiful the walk & village were."

Thomas

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility the “My Way” format gave us in visiting these spectacular destinations. The hotels were in great locations, always easy walking distance to major sites or public transportation. Karin, our tour manager was terrific. She was always available and made a point of checking in with the tour members regarding their plans, issues, or concerns. Our goal was to hike to our hearts content, and we certainly were able to do that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose only one! Hiking the trails in the Alpes de Suisi, and in Chamonix were amazing, and of course the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley has to be seen to be believed. "

Robert

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful choice of Hotels in all places with great food. All close to best activities!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first hike in a Switzerland Alpine meadow with new Wildflowers and cows with bells! Mountains with glaciers near."

Joe

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The scenery on this trip was so incredible that I never wanted to close my eyes on the bus trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Via Feratta in Murren, Switzerland is an experience I won't forget."

Robert

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our guide Karin, our driver Henri, and all the hotels we stayed at. We very much enjoyed the My Way Alps Tour as we enjoyed choosing what we wanted to do in the various locations (mainly hiking and biking).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps! And hearing the cow bells in Switzerland! "

Terri

Tour: 07/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although it was very hot (for the Alps!) we enjoyed a lot of outdoor activity. I was traveling with my daughter and 12 year old granddaughter so the goal was to enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities the mountains provided. The My Way tour was a good way to spend time with my granddaughter doing things that she enjoyed while being exposed to different places and cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time I looked up at the mountains was a “wow”. A special moment was hiking the trail from Mannlichen in Switzerland and stopping for our lunch while being serenaded by a group of 8 alphorn players. Free music with the views!"

Marilyn

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first My Way Tour and it was just what I expected. Rick Steves tours never let me down! Lots of support but freedom to plan your own activities which was perfect for exploring the Alps. Highlights were: Salzburg especially the fortress and Mirabell Gardens with a concert in the palace, Hiking the Trail-of the Witches in Alpe di Siusi ( love hearing the cowbells) , biking in Bavarian countryside, The beautiful Lauterbrunnen valley especially the Mannlichen-Klein Scheidegg hike.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was the Chrystal clear early morning visit to Aiguille du Midi. Amazing views every direction and no crowds!"

James

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was lot fun and I enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ALPs and the cows with the bells,"

Kerri

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceed any and all expectations i had for not only the Alps area, but for tours and tour guides in general. Our freedom to choose our activities and a knowledgeable guide if we had any questions or concerns on any given day was outstanding. I would do it again and recommend this tour in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Switzerland- all the myriad choices we had for walking, hiking, climbing in the Lauterbrunnen Valley - all win-win choices. My life-long bucket list of hiking in the Alps is overflowing from this tour. "

Amy

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a fabulous tour! The stunning locations combined with the guide's tailored assistance created a memorable trip. I was unsure how a MyWay tour would work having taken guided tours previously, but I loved the format! My guide was an excellent "travel supporter" as she was always available for advice and enthusiastically encouraged me to experience new things. This tour facilitated world-broadening interactions and allowed time for personal reflection in nature--a restorative combination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we arrived in Lauterbrunnin was a perfect day. Some new hiking buddies and I took an afternoon lift up to Grutschalp and enjoyed the ultimate hike into Murren facing the mountains the whole time. Every time I've been to the Lauterbrunnen valley, I can't believe this place is real, but it is, and it is truly glorious. Experiencing this beauty with new friends was the peak moment of my trip."

Robin S

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our My Way Alpine Europe experience was absolutely FANTASTIC! Our vacation not only met our expectations; but, exceeded what we had hoped for...every day! Our guide, Kathleen and our driver, Paul were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of our most memorable moments was reaching the completion of our hike from Panorama to Zallinger Hutte. After a two year delay the last steps were memorable!"

Lynn

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

4th RS tour; 1st My Way. Turns out it was the "way" to go during Covid. Also, perfect for the Alpine trip to accomodate different physical abilities and interests. Kathleen was right for the tour manager role; more laid back than the typical RS guide. And a lot of fun. Even though each stop was "alpine", each had unique qualities and experiences to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley is heaven on earth. Definitely the highlight of the trip. But many others: hiking the Witches Trail in the Dolomites while being serenaded by cowbells, exploring the Ötzi the Iceman museum in Bolzano, looking out over Salzburg at sunset from the fortress, Mozart concert at Mirabell Palace, every gondola ride, biking from lake to lake near Füssen, Aperol spritzes on hot evenings, wild mushroom fondue in Chamonix, locals in lederhosen and dirndls at Salzburg Festival."

Mike

Tour: 07/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first MY Way and it was just what I thought, the guide was helpful but left it up to us on our plans. The Best of Alps trip was made for My Way as most of it was hiking , that we had planned or side trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alpe di Siusi area was beautiful !!!"

Hsayjern

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The hotel at Lauterbrunnen bathroom probably can take some update.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alpe di Siusi the area views are stunning and the hotel are the best."

Meiyu

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Over hotels are in good locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dolomites are the best. Good hotel, beautiful hikes."

Carla

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was seeking an active tour. My son and I wanted to hike, and my son is in culinary school, so we also wanted to sample cuisine. The My Way Alpine Tour provided us access to hiking in the Italian Dolomites, and the Swiss and French Alps. We ate our way through Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France. Eating at mountain huts while hiking in the alps was an additional delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My son and I wanted to hike, and the My Way Alpine Tour provided us access to hiking in the Italian Dolomites, and the Swiss and French Alps. My son is in culinary school, so we also wanted to sample cuisine. We delighted in eating our way through Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France. Dining at mountain huts while hiking in the alps was an unbelievable delight. We marveled at Otzi the Iceman at the South Tyrol Archeological Museum in Bolzano, and at the Chamonix Crystal Museum. "

Evan

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alpe di Suisi near Bolzano, the Dolomites are stunning and was my favorite part of the tour"

William

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family of four had a phenomenal experience on our tour of the Alps. We loved the "My Way" aspect so our young adult sons could do their own things when they wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Words cannot describe the experience of stepping out of the gondola in the morning up on the Aiguille du Midi and looking out over the mountains."

Mark

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and after the tour being cancelled 2 years ago due to Covid I was looking forward to the tour but was a little apprehensive. The Alpine My Way Tour hit it out of the park. The tour was absolutely spectacular . The jaw dropping scenery along with our tour manager Cynthia and driver Henry, the great accommodations and the nice group of people we traveled with made this trip unforgettable. I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow' moments on this trip. I really liked hiking the Alpe di Siusi in the Dolomites, and not much can beat the scenery of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, but my biggest "wow" moment was making it to the top of Aiguille Du Midi. That was "WOW!""

Barbara

Tour: 07/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a veteran of traditional group tours, this was the perfect compromise between that and independent travel. No worries about transportation or accommodations, a tour manager to handle questions and assist with problems and the freedom to do as we liked!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Agui du Midi experience on Mount Blanc."

Melinda

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the "My Way" experience! We were able to do the things in each area that fit our interests. We could also eat at places that suited us best and eat we wanted to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one! The scenery was breathtaking! Having seen pictures of Neuschwanstein it was wonderful to see it in person. However, the best surprise was being able to go out onto the lake in a paddle boat and look up at the castle on a beautiful day! We also did a wonderful electric bike ride in the Alpe di Siusi and ate at a delightful little restaurant along the way! And, paragliding in Interlaken! "

Liz

Tour: 07/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We didn't know we were going on a trip of a lifetime, but that is what it turned out to be!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the Glacier. It was worth the 580 steps each way. I had no idea what we were in for at the bottom of those stairs. I also loved the hike to the "crown" and of course Aguille du Midi! It's really hard to pick just one because every day was something new and unexpected!"

Nilda

Tour: 07/04/22

This was my first My Way tour and it was perfect for someone who usually travels independently. I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted all day without having to worry about the logistics or transportation and the accomodations. The downside is that I sometimes was disappointed in the accomodations. The other tour guests were super friendly which was nice for a solo traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to most of the places before - only Chamonix was new for me, but the Swiss Alps remains my favorite. Hiking the trails on both sides of the Lauterbrunnen Valled just take your breath away."

Michael

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our first My Way tour, but fourth tour with Rick Steves, and we were extremely happy with the tour. The itinerary and our guide couldn't have been better, except we would have loved to have two full days in the Dolomites and Chamonix. All the locations were amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our hikes and other activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to say! The entire tour was a "wow" moment. One reason we took this tour was to visit the Lauterbrunnen Valley again (we took the Best of Switzerland tour in 2018), but visiting the Dolomites and Mont Blanc regions were on our wish list and they did not disappoint. Truly spectacular and memorable."

Michael

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gregory

Tour: 06/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Don Chmura was an excellent host for our "MY WAY" experience. He provided some excellent insights for the various locations we visited which greatly helped to expedite and focus at each location. Don and the coach driver "Jos" were an good combo team which made the driving super comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arrival at the Aquille de mede gondola station with an outstanding view of Mont Blanc"

James

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip, wonderful guide and bus driver. Exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland, lunch at a tiny chalet overlooking the mountains."

Henry

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Friendly, competent tour manager, Cynthia, amazing destinations and a great, friendly bus driver, Henry on a clean very nice coach

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow describes the dolomite high country, peaks around Lauterbrunnen Valley and peaks above Chamonix. We kept saying"wow" many times on this tour"

Cheryl

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of this tour were wonderful. Our guide Cynthia provided great advice on what was available to do in each town, our bus driver maneuvered through the mountain roads with care, the hotels chosen were all centrally located, and the towns were all unique, with concerts, hiking trails, biking trails, chairlifts, gondolas, cable cars, mountain peaks, and mountain huts! It was great to be able to plan our own activities each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one “wow” moment. Loved biking in Salzburg, hiking in the alpine meadow and Mont Blanc, riding the gondolas, enjoying a beer in the beer gardens and various mountain huts, and just admiring the scenery, which was spectacular."

Diane

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day was wonderful! The itinerary was perfect - each location special in its own way. Hotels, bus, and our driver Henri were great. Our Tour Manager Cynthia was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, experienced and fun! This was our 2nd RS My Way Tour and it did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, it was one “wow” after another so I’ll go with the first. Our hike in the Dolomites - Panorama to Zallingerhütte. You have to see it to believe it!"

Sandra

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was well thought out and well organized. The choices of where to visit were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little "trolley" gondolas that carried us from Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner"

Heidi

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on the tour. Everyone in the group was kind, warm, and fun. Cynthia and Henri were also a lot of fun to be around and very helpful in acclimating us to each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was taking the gondolas and funicular up into the Swiss Alps and hiking in the mountains. Not a soul around but cowbells! "

Nichole

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, professionally run and was a great sampling of the region's offerings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Lauterburren Valley and all it had to offer. "

David

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The choice of locations, the charming, affable and knowledgeable guide/host, the hotel properties used, the condition and quality of the bus (and driver) used ... EVERYTHING was better than we expected!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had not been to the Lauterbrunnen Valley for over 20 years. EVERY time you enter and spend time in the bucolic and peaceful farming village is magical. It's a visual delight, but also calming, peaceful and a little like "heaven on earth". The other features of the valley; the 70 waterfalls, Jungfraujoch, the Schilthorn and Trümmelbach falls are all spectacular in their own right. You'll find yourself pinching yourself every day to see if this is all real! :-) "

Ann

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything exceeded my expectations! Even the bus rides from location to location were enjoyable. Our guide, the bus driver, and fellow tour participants were excellent company and the tour itself was unbelievable! I will always cherish this opportunity and look forward to our next Rick Steve’s tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one! Probably the day we went to Jungfraujoch. The weather cooperated, the view could not be beat, we played in the snow, had an excellent lunch while looking out at the mountains, it was more than I had imagined I would experience!"

John

Tour: 06/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Cynthia, was excellent! She gave us a vary good, brief orientation to each destination and then let us do our own thing. She was always willing to answer questions with a smile.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the Berner Oberland I rented a mountain bike in Lauterbrunnen, took the lift up to Grutschlap then rode down through Murren and Gimmelwald - with several side trips and a stop for a beer - then down to the valley floor. Breathtaking "

Panayiotis

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

William

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was traveling with our extended family and it was great to see our children and grandchildren’s reaction to the experiences we were having together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we all took the gondola to the top of Aiguille du Midi to view Mont Blanc and the surrounding glaciers. "

Martha

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose My Way tour of the Alps as it offered the freedom to select activities in 5 amazing locations. Our tour guide, Kathleen, was knowledgeable regarding local buses, difficulty of hiking trails, lifts, and much more. The hotels were all comfortable and pleasant or better. All breakfasts were varied and substantial. The bus was very comfortable. Our guide guide provided just the right amount of information on the bus as we traveled. The restroom break between locations was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow time was walking on the vast meadows at Alpes di Suisse with gentle grasslands and flowers along paths. The Dolomite mountains surrounded the meadow."

Melissa

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time participating in a Rick Steves tour & the "MyWay" option was perfect for us. We loved the freedom of choosing all our activities but left the driving & accommodations to you. We chose to visit The Alps & very satisfied on the hotels selected as well as there location. The information in the guidebook was very helpful & led us to sights we would missed w/o this resource. The bus was comfortable & we had an outstanding driver as well as tour guide to assist when needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to choose one moment as each day had so many "WOW" memories. When you go to the Alps you get wowed a lot just because of where you are. You have expectations because you have prepared yourself for the day. However there are those moments when you're just being and we were in Bavaria biking across a meadow w Neuschwanstein Castle in the foreground. I almost fell off my bike trying to pull my phone out to take a picture but thought just take it all in. One of many !"

Anthony

Tour: 06/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Kathy

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ely

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The alps! All of them. 5 countries in 10-12 days. Wow. Awesome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the Mont Blanc Grand Balcony Nord"

Judy

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best trip I could have imagined and more. The scenery was outstanding with each destination becoming more and more grand and majestic. It was a bucket list finally realized after waiting 2 years to go. Don was a great tour manager and gave us much insight into what we should see. Hotels were quaint and full of character and charm even though we didn't spend much time in them...too much to see & do. My Way Alpine was the perfect way to travel for us since this wasn't our first trip to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to determine since I loved everything we saw and did. We tend to spend more time in nature than sightseeing in cities, so for that reason I would pick hiking in the Dolomites and the Alps - especially the short walk from Murren to Gimmelwald. Felt like I could reach out and touch the mountains on the opposite side of the valley - they were so close. The best "Wow" moment, though, would be the gondola ride from the Aguille du Midi to Helbronner...such a gorgeous day and view! "

Laura

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Don, was very helpful and informative. Nearly everyone else on the tour had the 'Rick Steve's attitude', they were very pleasant, friendly people who respected each person's choice of activities. This 'your way tour' has given me the background and experience to go back to Austria, Germany and the Dolomites on my own with confidence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dolomites were incredible. The Trail of the Witches was wonderful with a variety of views. I loved hiking among the dairy cows."

Steve

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alps were stunningly beautiful. Seeing them for the first time while visiting some of Europe's cities made this one of the most epic trips I've been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To many to choose"

Charlie

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful trip with great choices of places with unbelievable scenery

Favorite "WOW" moment

"walking inside the glacier in Chamonix"

Haleigh

Tour: 06/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I had a wonderful time. The hotels were largely lovely, and the places were beautiful. Our tour guide, Don, was very nice, though I was expecting him to be less "hands on" as a My Way tour. Most of the people on our tour were also lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great wow moments, but I think my favorite was hiking the Trail of the Witches on the Puflatch in Italy and looking out at the Dolomites. It was so incredible looking up there."

Melanie

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spectacular itinerary with every day delightful. The guide was awesome and the tour members were great and fun to explore with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was spectacular! A few of the many WOW moments: The rainy/snowy hike through the Alpe di Suizi. The riding bikes to the castles from Fussen. Riding the little red cable cars from the Aiguille du Midi to Hellbronner. "

Diana

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hotels and bus were well planned and organized. Hotels were very nice. The chosen locations were outstanding for scenery. The tour manager and group were all great. Maybe too many locations were planned in the time, it felt very rushed to see the sights or do the activities in each before moving on to a new one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Dolomites in the Alpine meadow. "

Judith

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Alpine Europe tour was spectacularly scenic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had glorious scenery and Alpine charm, so I could not narrow it down to one "wow" moment."

Emily

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had a great time, saw lots of beautiful places! Preferred having 3 nights in a location rather than 2 ☺️

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aguille du Midi in Chamonix"

James

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Amazing views of the Alps, castles, and rich history of the places we visited. Every location had unique sites to enjoy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a very touch question to answer because everyplace had "WOW" moments. However for me Lauterbrunnen Valley was so magnificent, huge water falls, snow caped mountains etc..."

Katie

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family of four had a great time on this tour. The locations were breathtaking. We enjoyed having the freedom to plan our days. We are surprised by how much we enjoyed meeting and spending time with our tour mates. Our teenagers really enjoyed that part.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hikes and views in Lauterbrunnen"

Mary Ellen

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour - wonderful locations for the most part. Our focus was more on the mountains and we had less interest in the towns and cities. Salzburg was nice but would have preferred one less day there and one more in the Dolomites (our favorite stop). We arrived in Lauterbrunnen on a holiday weekend and it was much too crowded for our taste. Would have preferred staying higher up - maybe in Murren as they do on the G-A-S tour. Fussen was a nice break in between the high mountains.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moments have to be hiking in the Dolomites - we went up to the Puflatsch and hiked the rim with its spectacular views."

Diane

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had very high expectations of the Alps My Way tour and, believe it or not, they were exceeded. I found myself loving the freedom this tour offered while also greatly appreciating the information and advice shared by our guide, Don. His knowledge of the Alps region provided us with a sense of security while also enabling us to have new experiences that will color our lives for years to come.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's almost impossible to pick a 'favorite' wow moment because in every country we visited there were so many. However, the view of the mountains and the Staiubbach Falls from the hotel room in Lauterbrunnen took my breath away every time I looked out."

Leo

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfect for us. Not a fan of all day tour schedule so Alpine My Way was perfect for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dolomites and Switzerland. Amazing hikes. "

Jerry

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were looking for a way to navigate a tour of the Alps. Rick Steves My Way Tour was the perfect solution for us. Free time to do what we pleased, knowledgeable guide who offered suggestions and was able to answer questions. The only time tables we adhered to were the travel dates between locations. Our bus driver knew the roads and provided our safe deliver through the high altitudes and busy highways (Whew! So glad we didnt have to do that on our own). We had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to a beautiful dawn mountain view from our hotel balcony in Lauterbrunnen."

Jan

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide was very knowlegable. Bus driver was excellent. Acomodations were excellent. Overall experience was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing a Cuckoo Bird on the Trail of the Witches."

When To Go & Weather

Any time from late May through September is a good time to take an Alpine Europe vacation. 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, know that 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 two-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.