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

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My Way® Alpine Europe in 12 Days

from $2,895 per person + air

Single Supplement $575

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

Dates & Prices

2023

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
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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 mid-day stop for lunch, we'll reach our cozy mountain retreat nestled at the foot of Europe's largest (and arguably most beautiful) alpine meadow, the Alpe di Siusi. Dotted with farms and crowned by towering granite cliffs, this high-altitude plateau offers hundreds of miles of trails with an array of challenging hikes and easy walks to suit everyone's pace. Grab an evening aperitivo and toast to nature's splendor as the setting sun paints the mountains pink.

Bus: 5 hours. Sleep near the Alpe di Siusi 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, and duck into a hut café to rub elbows with locals and sample traditionally prepared South Tirolean treats. For those with more energy, ridge trails get the heart pumping and provide unforgettable vistas with every step. Feeling a little more cosmopolitan? At Bolzano, the gateway to the region, cobbled lanes pave the way to a colorful street market and the impressive South Tirol Museum of Archaeology, home to 5,300-year-old Ötzi the Iceman.

No bus. Sleep near the Alpe di Siusi 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 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

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 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."

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."

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."

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"

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"

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"

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!"

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."

Janet

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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,"

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!"

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."

James

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 !!!"

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!""

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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 !"

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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!"

Charles

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"

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"

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"

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..."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Stuart

Tour: 05/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide (Don), great bus driver (Eric), great itinerary, and great group! I wasn't sure about the "My Way" approach but for the mountains it was just perfect. We hiked and biked constantly and often shared experiences with others in the group during the evening so that gave us ideas for selecting the next day's adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sud Tirol (Castelrotto). I was so blown away by the combination of its physical beauty and the friendliness of the people that I am already planning a return trip to ski there early next year."

Kathy

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the idea of transportation and hotels arranged, but able to be on our own at our stops. It was a wonderful experience and we would love to do another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from Murren, Switzerland"

Jennifer

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour allowed us to reach towns and mountains we would never be able to drive to ourselves. While the tour guide provided valuable insider information that allowed us to make the most of our time in each destination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the Alpe-di-Susi in Italy and getting to pause for a drink at a rustic hut while looking at the Dolomites!"

Eric

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Greatly enjoyed everything about the tour. My body did slightly break down by day 12 but that was not attributed to anything but my own ego. I would certainly endorse this tour for physically-able individuals and those seeking a wonderful combination of mountain living and (small) cities or towns. Our tour guide, Gretchen, was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ever-changing beauty of the Alps from different vistas and locations! One moment hidden in the clouds or fog; the next illuminated by the sunshine."

Kevin

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide kept things fun and organized. The only stressful part of the trip had nothing to do with this tour. We had grief with airlines, airports, and the apartment we reserved in Paris after our tour ended. Your part was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch on the outdoor deck of the Edelweiss Hotel in Murren, watching the paragliders fly above the mountains and glaciers."

Robert

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the trip was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very much enjoyed Lauterbrunnen"

Connie

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Gretchen was great! She was always available to answer questions and to make suggestions on different things to do. She was real!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many! I loved the spectacular views of all the Alps. I loved walking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and seeing regular Swiss life- the houses, the cows, and the wildflowers. Salzburg was big enough to do things but small enough to be enjoyable."

William

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I'm already looking into my next trip. The My Way tour was the perfect format for my sister and me because of the flexibility it offers. But we were so grateful to be able to check in regularly and receive updates from our guide (Gretchen - we love you!). We also loved being able to get to know and share the experience with our tour mates which made the trip so much more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of highlights but I have to stay that the walk between Murren and Gimmelwald above the Lauterbrunnen Valley was my favorite moment because of the views but also because it offered a glimpse into a traditional Swiss farming community and way of life...such a a peaceful afternoon away from the more touristy spots."

Tracy

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the whole tour experience was wonderful. From the information emailed to help prepare, to our tour manager (Gretchen deserves the highest praise for all she did for us!), the hotels we stayed at, the places we went, the transportation - I only have positives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably very cliche and not very helpful, but every day did indeed bring a new wow moment. Any wow moment I had was truly made more memorable because of the tone of our group which was so friendly and kind. This tone was very much set by our tour manager and nurtured throughout the tour."

Thomas

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well managed travel and hotel experience that let us focus on what sites to see that matched our fitness level. Great locations and excellent advice from Gretchen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the Jungrau, Monch, and Eiger from the Royal hike at Maanlichen. The rain held off unexpectedly and we had views of the valley and the hills. We ran into another tour member and had a nice lunch together at the Berghaus."

Jennifer

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience exceeded my expectations! This was our first Rick Steve's tour experience and thoroughly loved the My Way Alpine Europe Tour. Completely sold on Rick Steve tours now!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wow" moments in every single place we went to, but I really was "wowed" by Castelrotto (Kastelruth). I had visions in my mind of what it looked like and watching videos of the area, but when we arrived in our hotel, it was like walking into a bit of a fairytale, The huge wow moment came when we went up to the Seiser Alm the next morning by gondola, and seeing the expansive alpine meadows surrounded by mountains and just seeing the peaks of the Dolomites took my breath away."

Marlies

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mountainous beauty every day, navigated the off season and rain clouds with ease. Stayed in wonderful hotels in charming towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Full day hiking in the Dolomites where we ran into a total of 10 people. Ended the day with an amazing outdoor meal while watching the sun set on the mountains."

Sara

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased over with our tour experience. The hotels were all in great locations and the staff at each location seemed very experienced at handling large groups. They were also very helpful with providing local information and answering questions. Because this was a “my way” tour, we weren’t expecting a lot of support from our tour leader, so we were pleasantly surprised at how much help she provided.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about Lauterbrunnen and the surroundings."

Katherine

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dean

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christian

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brad

Coppell, TX

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Johnathan

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lauren

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Matthew

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sarah

Abingdon, VA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy

Radford, VA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hotel in Castelrotto was amazing."

Jane

Rochester, MN

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Connie

Orange, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melanie

Martinez, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angela

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Timothy

Mount Pleasant, SC

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Evanston, IL

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

St Augustine, FL

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Samuel

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lori

Camas, WA

Tour: 09/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolynne

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Harold

West Chester, PA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Carol

West Chester, PA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Silvia

Santa Paula, CA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing views in the alps!"

David

Dartmouth, NS

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roxanne

Monroe, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cathy

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Wilsonville, OR

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful countryside and excellent assistance from Cary, our tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dolomites and the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland."

Robert

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Jane

Yardley, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susie

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Faith

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved absolutely everything about it!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every moment was a Wow moment"

Victor

Georgetown, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

El Sobrante, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Yardley, PA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rollin

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

West Chester, OH

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Switzerland Alps."

Sharon

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 08/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gwyn

Banner, WY

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Fred

Longwood, FL

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Connie

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Sidney, OH

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Heather

Stow, OH

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Valencia, PA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Mount Ephraim, NJ

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Boulder, CO

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roger

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristy

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland."

Phyllis

Boulder, CO

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Mckenna, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dianne

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Heidi

Mckenna, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Katherine

Edgewater, CO

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of my trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Soundra

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jodi

Cordell, OK

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Bend, OR

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angela

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karin

Baden, ON

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leon

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Sedona, AZ

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tammy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristin

Snoqualmie, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Timothy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Deloris

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many of the mountains and ice cave."

Alison

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Sturgis, SD

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Neva

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Chico, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sang

Ventura, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderfull tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Celia

Pisgah Forest, NC

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Pisgah Forest, NC

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rick

Gresham, OR

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Richmond, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Gresham, OR

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stanley

Smithsburg, MD

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gevan

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brad

Irwin, PA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kevin

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Geyserville, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Forest Grove, OR

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angela

Albany, OR

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Brockport, NY

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

Alamo, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lily

Alamo, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maryam

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

South Dennis, MA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Betty

Escondido, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melinda

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

Provo, UT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laurie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schilthorn summit with a clear 360 degree view!"

Randall

Gonzales, LA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bernardine

Gonzales, LA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chung

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Autumn

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fulfilling, enlightening and adventurous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breathtaking scenery."

Bill

Provo, UT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

La Jolla, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ryan

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Craig

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paul

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanna

Heath, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over the Dolomites"

Nicholas

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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.