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

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My Way® Alpine Europe in 12 Days

from $2,595 per person + air

Optional 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 France's Mont Blanc. 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

2018

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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 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/interrupt 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. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Sightseeing notes

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

Day 1: Welcome to Salzburg

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

Day 2: All Day in Salzburg

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

Day 3: Dolomites Drive to Italy

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

Day 4: All Day in the Alpe di Siusi

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

Day 5: To the Zugspitze and Bavaria

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

Day 6: Bikes, Hikes and Castles

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

Day 7: On to the Best of Switzerland

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

Day 8: All Day to Explore the Swiss Alps

This morning you'll wake up in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. Take off on a mountain excursion that combines the local cog railway, a gondola 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 today.

Day 9: Another Day of Swiss Adventures

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

Day 10: To the French Alps

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

Day 11: Aiguille du Midi Dreamin'

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

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our My Way: Alpine Europe in 12 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  3. Be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  4. Be responsible for your own daily sightseeing, admissions, meals (except breakfasts), and non-group transportation.
  5. Be content with the possibility of sharing bathroom facilities at one hotel during this tour.

Reviews

Linda

Gales Creek, OR

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky to have a very compatible group and a knowledgeable group escort. The ability to see the Alps in five states with ease and comfort was a lifetime event, and we weren't disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! How can I choose? The Alpe di Suisi, Zugspitze, the beauty of Halstatt, the salt mines. The "wow" moments occurred daily and sometimes hourly."

Miles

Gales Creek, OR

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing A great adventure. Thank you. Dan was a great guide/manager.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Any view of the Alps."

Mikie

Sun Ptairie, WI

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous tour. Each destination, unbelievably, seemed to be more spectacular than the previous ones. I highly recommend this tour for any one who likes the mountains, whether experienced hikers or first-time visitors.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After going up to l'Aiguille du Midi (from Chamonix), we got off the gondola halfway down at Plan de l'Aiguille and walked about 20 minutes down a rocky trail to a restaurant perched on a cliff over Chamonix. We sat outdoors, watched hang-gliders and hikers, drank wine, and ate croute aux chanterelles, arguably the best food I've ever eaten! Wow!"

Heidi

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time! Wow, the Alps are beautiful!! I've been recommending this tour to all of my friends and family at home. Excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time we reached a mountain peak and the views took my breath away!"

Nicollette

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really appreciated the "My Way" style, our guide-Dan, choice of locations & lodging. I love the outdoors, hiking, but having a nice meal, hot shower & cozy bed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both the Alpe du Suisi & Lauterbrunnen areas."

Richard

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

After researching the hotels and taking into account transportation and escort, I feel the price for the tour was somewhat high.I looked at the cost of the hotels and it was about $1500.The total cost for my son and I was about $5000,leaving $3500 for bus transport and escort,who really doesn't have much to do. We enjoyed the trip very much and it met our needs as wishing to do what we wanted to,when we wanted to.The mix of destinations and the time on the bus for where we went was appropriate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can not pick just one. Our trip to Eagle's Nest, hiking in Castelrotto, going up to the Zugspitze and going to the top of Aguille du Midi all tie for first place. If I was forced to pick, I think being at tthe Aguille du Midi in Chamonix would win."

Douglas

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second Rick Steves' My Way tour was just as great as our first - which is saying something. Well planned, coordinated and executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall beauty of every stop, each seemingly better than the last. I must say that I think I enjoyed the Castelrotto the most simply because of of the uniqueness of the Alpe di Siusi. That and the wonderful hotel accommodations, by far the best of the tour!"

Elizabeth

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on this tour. This was our second "My Way" Tour and the experience is a perfect fit for us - hotels and transportation taken care of, having a tour manager at our disposal to field questions/give suggestions but having our own time to manage and explore the things that interest us. Dan was a great tour manager with vast knowledge of the areas we were seeing and the local customs. The destinations were incredibly beautiful. If you love the mountains, this tour is for you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is a difficult question, since all the destinations are a "wow." If I had to choose I would say Castelrotto and the Alpe de Siusi - the Dolomites are imposing, forbidding and the alpine meadows stunning. We are planning to go back to Northern Italy to see more. Chamonix was also spectacular, with mighty Mont Blanc looming in the background of every photo I took. I was glad we had been to Lauterbrunnen in 2015 because The Schilthorn is not to be missed, but this time we were socked in by fog"

Pandora

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have always wanted to get to Austria, Switzerland and the Alps. My traveling companion and I started on our own in Vienna, which we loved, and then met up with our tour group in Salzburg, another of my must-see spots. The interary was wonderful, there wasn't one place we went to that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Dan was great, very helpful with any questions, etc. and the weather was exceptionally cooperative for all of our time out hiking and walking around the towns and the mountains.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmmm. . . there were so many on this tour. I loved Salzburg, I loved Halstatt and loved hiking around the Alpe di Suisi meadows. I guess when we were in the Lauderbrunnen Valley and it was raining hard all morning, then we got going in the early afternoon and just as we got on the gondola up to Gimmelwald, the sun came out and it was absolutely gorgeous the rest of the day. I was awestruck by how beautiful it was in that valley."

Joann

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime. Amazing locations, great hotels, fantastic tour leader and bus driver who made sure all the small details was taken care of so we could thoroughly enjoy the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italy Dolomites!"

Donna

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed getting to know my fellow travelers and the MyWay format worked very well for this trip. Our tour manager Andrew was outstanding. He used some of the bus time to orient us to the next destination then offered individual planning assistance that was invaluable. Each time we arrived at a new stop, I felt ready to make the most of my visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Mozart's piano in Salzburg and listening to music in the cathedral where he played the organ gave me shivers. Hiking in the Alpe de Siusi was exhilarating. Having lunch in a beer hall at the top of Zugspitze was a blast. Getting up close to Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau in Switzerland was thrilling. And Mont Blanc in Chamonix was breathtaking. The tour seems very well put together, with highlights (and mountains!) around every corner."

Greg

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took my daughter as a gift for getting her MBA. We had a great time. Very well organized and felt supported the entire trip. Bus ride was great and Joste was amazing. All the travellers were great and we will continue to talk. Excellent. I will be back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aiguille du Midi"

Leslie

Cypress, TX

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour. While I'm OK with going to a museum from time to time, I prefer to be more active and out in nature, and this tour gave me a good balance of both the historic and natural beauty experience. I was traveling with two friends who weren't quite as excited about all of the hiking opportunities. Being a single female, I didn't feel comfortable hiking on my own, but there was always someone that I could join up with to make this truly a"My Way" experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to narrow it down to just one "wow" moment. Really enjoyed moutain hiking the in Alpe di Suise and the views from Aiguille du Midi."

Charles

Royersford, PA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, although he was known to us for many years via PBS and writing. We have always admired and respected him as a person and shared his travel philosophy. We choose My Way because it took us to places we wanted to go but also allowed the freedom for both of us, mid 70, to pick and choose the daily events that suited our budget, stamina, and interest as well as adjusting for the weather. Alpine Europe delivered everything that was promised and more. Well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you pick a favorite when we were atop some of the most wondrous mountains in the world in perfect weather in company with friendly, compatible, compliant, and cooperative fellow travelers? It doesn't get any better travel-wise. We felt very fortunate to be allowed to have the experience."

Gail

Royersford, PA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was just what we wanted. Hotel and travel taken care of, and helpful orientation to each location. We wished we had more time in each location, since we were not able to do all that we wanted. It was great be able to do what we were able to do, at our own pace. The weather after Hallstatt was terrific and we loved having clear views of,and on, the mountains. Our group was very congenial and thoughtful, Andrew was very helpful and our bus driver Joost was superb!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we looked out the window of our room in the Hotel Falken and saw the magnificent view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau ! It was also wonderful to be in Wengen for the parade of cows being brought down from the high meadows in all their finery,"

San San

Bacolod City, 06

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love this tour because they took care of the logistics (bus + hotel) while still affording the independence I much needed. I usually plan and book my own trips but coming across this tour by chance, I immediately fell in love with the idea and the itinerary and so I booked it within 2 days. No regrets at all; I'm very happy with the arrangement. This is one of the most scenic trips if you love nature more than cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW!!! I'm far from being a hiker but I was able to hike the Italian, the Swiss, and the French Alps, all in one trip. Ain't that super?! Great experience, fantastic scenery, perfect weather, and hiking solo! What an adventure! Almost always barely catching the last train/lift back but I did it all. Grateful for not being stranded in the mountains, haha."

Linda

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. While I was careful to read all the information that came my way and watch the RS videos, the tour absolutely exceeded my expectations. I didn't realize we'd have a tour guide available to us and it made such a huge difference having that help so we were able to make the most of our time exploring. The tour was an outstanding value and a life-time experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the hotels were great, but standing on the balcony of our room in Wengen, Switzerland. It was evening and I could see all the lights in the village come on, feel the cool air, and hear the cow bells ringing. It was such a beautiful sight!"

James

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was outstanding. Andrew was terrific. A fine young man, dedicated to being sure that everyone had a great time. I was amazed that he could remember street names, hotels, restaurants etc and he was also interested i feedback from the tour members on other restaurants and other ideas to make the tour better. His attention to detail on items such as rest stop pointers was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Blanc by far. Also wish you wouldn't take Hallstat off future trips."

Sally

Carmel, IN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

spectacular sights - one 'ahh' after another. strenuous but self-inflicted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the dolomite's."

Pui Yoke Carol

Singapore,

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

1. Great itinerary planned. It will be better if some places have 2 full days (e.g. Lauterbrunnen Valley, Alpe di Siusi / Dolomites, Chamonix / Aiguille du Midi, etc.). There are so much to do in one location ! An additional day also provides flexibility to swap itinerary if the weather is not good to travel up to the mountains. 2. Wonderful travel mates !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many ! The dramatic Dolomites ! My maiden hike up to Zallinger Hut and the exciting Florian lift down to Saltria ! The beautiful hike from Mannlichen up to Kleine Scheidegg and the train up to Jungfraujoch ! Sledding on the Aletsch Glacier ! And finally up the Aiguille du Midi and then did my first paragliding (parapente) down from Plan de Aiguille !"

Sallie

Longmeadow, MA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my seventh RS Tour and exceptional, informative and mind shattering in so many ways. A bit different because so much spectacular scenery and light on history (unlike Sicily last year. I did add on pre-tour 4 days in MUNICH.....Ran into Oktoberfest ( a neat experience all by itself) but enjoyed Dachau, Eagle's Nest and Third Reich Tour.....Stayed at Institut San Sebastian in Salzburg 4 nights and 2 with tour. Did commute to Munich which worked well. This was great tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moments were my trip to Eagle's Nest and historical aspects coming alive with young Tom (Harrington tour)....The NAZI's did live and history can repeat itself. Another WOW moment was walking all alone down that single street in Gimmelwald. The serenity, the simplicity, the beauty, the everlasting.....Walked by a man with pictures out front and realized he was maybe Olle of B&B fame. Another WOW moment, learning from friend from India how few Americans have passports"

Adria

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great fun and relaxing. Our tour leader was very helpful with good suggestions that matched our abilities and the weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved Hallstatt Austria and staying in that magical town. The other Wow moment was the gondola ride from France to Italy over the glacier. Amazing!!"

Janet

Claymont, DE

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For my first time in Europe I could not be happier with our Rick Steves Alps My Way experience!! The History, the cites, villages, the cultures, the foods and the beautiful people. I actually felt bad for some travelers I met along the way who choose to navigate alone, I had the pleasure of a wonderful bus driver take me to every destination along the way with such a very experienced tour guide at every site to send me to a beautiful hotel room!! My overall experience was Outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many! I super loved walking in the clouds, I felt like I was on top of the world and when I experienced the prize cows that only parade 2 days a year and I just happened to be there to see them, how fortunate for me (: Watching paragliders go off the side of a mountain was incredible and then to see them land like feathers...incredible! Many WOWs for me."

Donald

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Touring the Alps in one visit can be a bit daunting so we opted for the Rick Steves tour hoping that we could maximize our time. This decision was right on track. From our first encounter with our tour guide Dan Swensen, who we actually met en route to Salzburg, we were able to visit as many places as time would allow. Dan guided us to the best choices. We were never disappointed. The other travelers in our group were fabulous and made the bus rides hilarious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no single "wow" moment. Every day brought us something new and unexpected. Each place had it's own special treasures. I feel we got the true taste of Europe and the alps. We enjoyed the ambience of the larger cities and the charm of the small villages surrounded by the majestic alps. It seemed like the people were all putting on their best show for us."

Carol

North Reading, MA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very nice tour, the locations were beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmm, Wow moment, well I was going to see something I would not usually see on vacation which was the Alps. I was "wowed" by the beauty of the Alps. I enjoyed hiking through the Alps with my husband and new found friends that were on the tour."

Jerald

Golden, CO

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Dan was great; very helpful giving details about each days choice of activities, directions and his favorite sights. The social events were just right. We had plenty of opportunity to get to know our fellow travelers after one organized evening gathering for drinks and a funny "ice breaker" activity. Of the six hotels, two were bad, two were average and two were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix and Aguille du Midi...great weather and breathtaking views and fabulous food."

Calvin

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the top of Mount Blanc"

Roger

Lexington, KY

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip through 5 countries centered on the Alps. Dan was very helpful - a fine escort, and everyone in the group was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the top of Aiguille du Midi was sensational."

Bradley

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of the Alps exceeded my expectations. Dan was always available to help with our plans and his recommendations during some weather events were perfect. I'd do a My Way tour again and would recommend it to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The weather was perfect during the days we were in the France Alps and the Hebrunner gondola ride was a "wow" moment for me. The view of Mont Blanc and the glacier was wonderful."

Sue

Golden Valley, MN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a wonderful time. It was a lot of moving around and drive time in the bus, but the scenery along the way to several of the locations was spectacular. The hotels were for the most part very nice and charming and our tour guide seemed to do a good job of assigning the rooms fairly. I enjoyed the my way experience which allowed independence along with spontaneous group activities if desired. Getting shuttled to the various locations on a coach bus with a helpful guide was also a treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix for sure. Maybe it was because we had bright blue skies after two days of clouds and rain in Lauterbrunnen, but it was spectacular. I enjoyed the alpine ski town feel and the gorgeous scenery. Also loved the Alpe di Siusi area with the green meadows, mountains and ringing cow bells!"

Anita

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding, we weren't sure what to expect having not done a Rick Steves tour before, it was well done on all levels The itinerary, the sights, the transportation, the hotels were all great.....smooth & easy transportation from place to place, the Alps were stunning in every country...& we weren't sure what it would be like to travel with a group, turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip, so much fun to share our daily experiences with each other,will bond us forever

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many.......but prob sightseeing highlight was Chamonix and Mt Blanc, part of that was weather, blue sky & lots of sun....not as lucky with weather in Switzerland, Italy, but Alpi di Suisi & Lauterbrunnen Valley spectacular"

Jeannine

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was fabulous. We enjoyed being on our own once we arrived at a location. But the guide was available to ask any questions which was wonderful. The timing of everything was excellent. We stayed in some beautiful hotels all of them perfectly located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the hike from the Midi in Chamonix and a lunch at the top of the mountain. But honestly there were so many highlights and beautiful places."

Marjorie

Rio Vista, CA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much fun!! Loved the age span of our group (young newly weds, new empty nesters and active retirees). My Way is perfect for those who don't want to drive but like having the flexibility to plan their own activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to choose a favorite. We were blown away by The Dolomites. We had never even heard of them."

Doreen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the flexibility and freedom the My Way Alpine tour offered. We appreciated we didn't have to deal with managing the transportation between locations and hotel reservations except for our days before and after the tour, but that was easy in Salzburg and Chamonix. The hotels were good, our fellow tour members were friendly and easy to get along with, Andrew the tour manager was great and so was our driver Jeff. We had a wonderful time! Lots of good memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aiguille du Midi. We stayed in Chamonix a few days after the tour ended and we were rewarded with a beautiful blue sky day to go to the top. The views were breathtaking!"

Heather

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Unfortunately you can't schedule weather and we had rain, fog, and cold weather for most of the trip which was a disappointment. However, everyone made the most of the great locations and we really enjoyed the one good day for hiking we had in the Dolomites. The My Way structure was great - it was fun to go off for the day, then meet up with fellow tour members to discuss what they all did with their free time. The whole group was very nice and quite interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though I had been before, the Dolomites once again blew my mind. Absolutely spectacular. There is no point where you can stand and not have the most stunning 360-degree views. Lauterbrunnen was a close second despite missing most of the views in the fog."

John

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, Andrew, was very courteous, accessible, informative and reliable. As promised, Jeff (bus driver) and Andrew transported us safely and on time to each way-point of our journey. Andrew's "name game" the morning of Day 2 was genius... as it accelerated establishment of relationships with our fellow traveling companions. Each hotel had its own pros/cons (as Rick Steves advised up front). Nothing was terrible... at most, slightly inconvenient or less than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our sunny 6-mile hike and picnic atop the mountains in Castlerotto, Italy."

Randy

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a really enjoyable time. I thought our tour manager Andrew did a good job, the members of the tour group were all enjoyable, the locations we visited were incredible and unique and it was just an overall good experience. I keep thinking about the tour and how much I miss it. Wish I was still there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was our time at Castelrotto, Italy. Everything seemed to be in alignment. The drive up was spectacular, the Cavallino D'Oro hotel was extremely nice, I liked the owner a lot, the hotel had a particularly nice little lobby/bar area, the hiking was great, the mountains were beautiful, the weather was perfect, and we had two really good meals in town. I would have liked to stay in Castelrotto longer. What a great little place on the planet."

Julia

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the My-Way format which takes the stress out of traveling while allowing independence. Our tour manager was very knowledgeable, and he provided good information as well as cultural tips about each area. I enjoyed our fellow tour members, and the driver was safe as well as being personable. The places we visited were all spectacular, and the majority of the hotels were way beyond my expectation considering the reasonable price of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Emerging by gondola into the Alpes de Suissi, watching the Jungfrau magically emerge from the clouds just as we arrived by train in Wengen, watching a cloud of paragliders float down into Chamonix, looking up at the lighted Staubbach Falls tumbling down into the Lauterbrunnen Valley: I could go on ..."

Brian

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding in every way. The cities and areas we visited were fantastic and met our expectations. Coordination between the logistical parts (bus, hotel, etc) were clear and timely. The MyWay format is perfect for us as we do quite a bit of research prior to the tour and have an exciting and fun plan for each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are probably too many to mention but certainly Alpe de Susi, Lauterbrunnen and Aiguille du Midi were amazing."

Judy

Cottonwood, AZ

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and everything about this tour was just outstanding! Having our hotels and transportation taken care of with the freedom to do our own thing when we arrived was just the right balance for us. Don prepared us for each location with information on language, food, sightseeing, etc. It was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do I really have to pick just one? There were "wow" moments each and every day. The rowboat ride on Hallstatt lake, doing the North Face hike in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and coming out of the woods above Gimmelwald, riding the cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi. And so much more!"

Joseph

Chatham, NY

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a My way Tour. Mainly because people would want to do differing thing, at differing places. The non-typical tour, Seemed to limit the information the tour guide was able to share. As our Adriatic and Paris/Northern France tour demonstrated that It would have been nice to have received some information about the History, Culture, Geology of the Mountains. It also had only one pay for group meal. Other tours would have included about Two to three group meals. The group was a great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hike and train ride to the Top of Europe. - Jungfrau Mountain"

Harvey

Potomac, MD

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I are very experienced travelers. We've visited approx. 50 countries all over the world, plus 50 states. Many were on our own. This tour was our first with Rick Steves and was a very good one. We liked the MyWay concept of trusting the members to choose their own daily experience. We were very pleased to not be held back in any way by infirmities among the group. They were all very pleasant people that we enjoyed being with. Much better that just the two of us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Curiously enough it was the Iceman Museum that we visited in Bolzano, Italy on a rainy day. It was amazing! We live near Washington DC and are used to world-class museums. This was definitely on a par with the Smithsonian."

John

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent adventure guide. Don was great. Alps where outstanding. Bus driver smooth as silk.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix. Fussen was a very pleasant surprise. Fussen hotel staff where great."

Nancy

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. The locations we visited, the tour manager, and the tour members all contributed to an outstanding experience on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from the tour was the day we spent in the Lauterbrunnen valley. We had wonderful weather, blue sky and sunshine, and there were so many fabulous things to do there. I would have loved another day in this place."

Tom

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The cities were great. I wish I had an extra day or two in Switzerland and France. The breakfast was excellent everyday. Overall it was a fun and the scenery was spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix France. The glaciers were breathtaking."

Rand

Cottonwood, AZ

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time, and the tour exceeded my expectations. Our escort was very helpful and made us feel very comfortable. He explained everything very well and was very down to earth, really enjoyed him. Our bus driver was Awesome and kept us very safe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 3 "wow"moments on the tour. Halstatt, wish we could have spent another day there. Switzerland and Chamonix. Actually we had another, that was included on our tour, we went to Brugge , Belgium the last two days of our trip, and it was amazing."

Marian

Bothell, WA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

the information we received at the January festival about the Alpine My Way talk was very different than what we experienced Clearly we were told there would be help planning our experiences as we traveled on the bus and if the group wanted to stop for an unscheduled stop that could take place. Not SO We figured out quickly we were on our own,for both what to do and where to eat. Overall the places we went and the countryside we saw was all beautiful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"i dont beleive anything can beat the Aiguille du midi,"walk into the void" was a lifetime wow experience! second was Berchtesgarden... to witness the location that all Hitlers devestation was planned and executied, in the middle of all that beauty third Hallstatt, such an exquisite little town nesteled in the mountains reflected in that mirror of a lake. seemed timeless."

Glenn

Oakhurst, CA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, great! If I were creating this tour, I may not have included the castles at Fussen, which I feel were overhyped. It's a two night time investment and while the castles are very "Alpine Europe" the tours are way too brief. Or, one could include the castles and add two or three days elsewhere, such as Halstatt, the Dolomites, the Eiger area. Others in our group commented similarly. Schlepping the luggage long distances in some spots seemed a bit much for some of the more elderly folks

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two: taking the smaller gondola from the Mt. Blanc gondola terminus across the ice field to the Italian border and the hike with The Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau in your face as you walk. Unreal."

Susan

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves My Way experience. Since we had been to several of the towns In Alpine Europe on previous trips we thought this would be perfect for us and it was. While we love the Rick Steves full guided tour experience, this unguided adventure was great for traveling at our own pace each day. Our tour manager, Don, was very helpful in orienting us to each new town but then we were free to fill our days as we pleased. Each stop on the tour has given us new memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will say Chamonix, France this trip since we had been to Switzerland on our last tour and it is also a WOW! We arrived and it was sunny so we headed right up the Aiguille Du Midi for breathtaking views. We found this area to be very easy to navigate with much to see and do. I also loved the town of Fussen. Just a lovely small town with a great museum and castle. Very quaint."

Jane

Oakhurst, CA

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were part of a super nice bunch of people, which is a blessing. The My Way tour was good, we saw many places in the Alps as expected. Don was well organized and helpful, Sylvan the bus driver was excellent and safe. I liked doing things that worked best for us individually and not necessarily part of a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Lauterbrunnen Valley in perfect weather!"

Jodie

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the Alpine My Way tour. it was a nice mix of places that I had been to and new places. Salzburg has always been a favorite spot and I enjoyed it as much as always.I was really looking forward to our time in the Alpine di Suisi and would have enjoyed it more if the weather had cooperated! Hallstatt is a nice relaxing spot that I would have appreciated at the end of the tour when you're tried! Fussen was a pleasant surprise and the mountains of Switzerland & France were stunning!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aiguille du Midi ! Stunning day and views!!! Mer de Glacé Glacier- no denying global warming!"

Teresa

Chatham, NY

Tour: 08/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything we wanted. While sometimes weather interfered we didn't have to do the complicated driving or worry about reservations or trains. We had a chance to do some hiking and enjoyed hanging out or touring with our fellow tour members. Everyone was very polite and respectful of each other. We were concerned when we learned what parts of the country some people were from if politics would be a problem but everyone carefully did not bring up Trump etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the top of the Jungfrau in the snow! Well worth the price. Also doing the King road to start from lauterbrunten valley. Also going to the top of Mont Blanc and watching the hang gliders jump into the clouds!"

Jennifer

Ventura, CA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great adventure we had!! We saw amazing places and met such wonderful new friends. The My Way Tour was perfect for us. We had guidance and freedom! It was perfect - several friends have asked me if I would go on another tour and I said "Yes! Absolutely!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Other than walking into our room in Halstadt, (it was so wonderful and unexpected), my "wow" moment as hiking in the dolomites. Such beauty! If I never go back,I feel immense joy in just knowing they are there."

Christine

Chicago, IL

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are too many adjectives to adequately describe my experience on this tour. It was a fabulous experience filled with wonderful places and phenomenal traveling companions! The itinerary was perfect for what I was looking for (hiking, mountains, etc....) and the amount of time spent in most places was just about right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "WOW" moment was in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland where I went tandem skydiving for the first time. What an amazing adventure for myself, but equally as fun were my lovely travel companions who were just as excited for me. I can't say enough about how wonderful my fellow travelers were on this trip and how much they became like family. My skydiving experience was actually enhanced by the fact that I was able to share it with them after."

Kathy

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Seeing the Alps had been on my bucket list for ever.. This year at the ages of 68 and 72 we decided that while we were still in good health we had better " bite the bullet" and go. We were blessed that 2 of our grown children expressed an interest too so the 4 of us went on the trip together. We decided that the My Way tour would be the best option because they are young enough that they are able to hike trails that we didn't feel comfortable doing..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mine was at the Berner Oberland. Besides the most beautiful mountains I had ever seen in my life, we had a room that overlooked a breath taking waterfall. Simply breathtaking!"

Bob

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well managed tour with excellent, personable & knowledgable tour guide. I enjoyed having all ages traveling together and not just people my age. I could have enjoyed more days in some sites and perhaps giving up one stop. Ruth Ann did great job offering guidance and info without limiting freedom of my way concept.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Alpi di Suisi! Absolutely beautiful, inspiring and peaceful."

Lee

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Met and exceeded all my expectations. Superb tour manager, Ruth Ann, very comfortable hotels, satisfying breakfast, great tour participants. Just an A+ tour, even if it did rain a couple of days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"7 mile hike through a gorgeous Alpine meadow. The stunning view of the Dolomites, the sound of the cow bells, the bracingly fresh air, the gently rolling green hills and steep valleys. Certainly as close to Heaven as one can be."

Ricky

Lake Mary, FL

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing and got better with each destination. Just when we claimed that a certain place was our favorite so far, we would go to a new location that would rival the previous one. The My Way Alpine Tour was perfect for us as we were able to visit museums or castles when we felt like a history lesson and then easily escape the crowds by going on a hike or bike ride off the beaten path.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were really so many but I would say my favorite activity was doing the North Face hike in Switzerland from Allmendhubel down to Gimmewald, passing behind the Sprutz Waterfall. Stopping along the trail to look up and see the Jungfrau imposing over the valley was truly a "WOW" moment."

Cassandra

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far surpassed mine and my husband's expectations. Each stop was fun and an adventure, with picturesque landscapes, challenging hikes, and interesting local foods and drinks to try. Aside from the transformative environment, we were so pleased with the congenial atmosphere that developed between the tour members. None of this would have been possible without Ruth Ann's frequent guidance and advice, her fun planned happy hours (and dinner at the end), and our driver John's careful navi

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am torn between our time hiking and exploring in Hallstatt, which was stunningly serene and peaceful [INVALID] such a pleasant stop after busy Salzburg, and Lauterbrunnen. If forced, I'd have to pick Lauterbrunnen. It's hard to top hiking between attractive Murren and quiet Gimmelwald, taking in the beautiful views at different altitudes, buying self-serve alpcheese, and listening to the cowbells and waterfalls throughout the day and night."

Keith

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 08/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's experience and I couldn't be happier. The My Way tour was part of our honeymoon and gave us the right level of freedom while still feeling like we were part of a fun group. Ruth Ann was informative, helpful, and friendly. We could not have asked for a better tour guide. My only complaint would be that we couldn't spend more time in each place but I don't think there's anything you can do about that. We are already planning trips back to some of the places we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole Lauterbrunnen region was just incredible. The trails, the views, the cows, everything. That would be my favorite place but I could heap similar praise on each and every place we went."

Darby

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful tour, with a wonderful tour guide! All of the sights were beautiful and we lucked out with great weather at almost every stop! This was our first Rick Steves tour, and after this one I would love to do more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our time in Switzerland the most out of all the other stops. The hikes were beautiful and all of the other activities there were my favorite. (Despite the cost!)"

Cameron

Spokane, WA

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Flowed well. N hiccups. Great group of people. Guide and Driver were excellent people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alpe de Suisse, really liked staying in Bolzano. Hike up to top of Shilthorn."

Kim

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Touring Europe for the first time with Rick Steve's was a great introduction. We loved all the destinations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to narrow it down to one wow moment, but Alpes de Suise and hiking in the dolomites was a phenomenal experience for us. And Bolzano was so wonderful as part of that stop."

Emily

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I personally enjoyed being driven from place to place. There were some days where I wished we could have stayed another night in a city but I feel that for the most part the trip was very well structured and organized. I also really liked the group of people that were also on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view halfway up the hike to the salt mines in Hallstatt was absolutely gorgeous. I can see why many people call that one of the most beautiful places on earth."

Thomas

Spring, TX

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Liked the venues and opportunities. Excellent guide (Laurel) and bus driver (John). Doing laundry along the way is not practical and cuts into primary activities...requiring "stay smelly." Biggest problem is no AC, and it was a hot July/August. While it cooled of at night it did not provide true relief as to sleeping conditions/temperature. Trip organization was good and efficient. Overall a very good experience.

Rosemary

Clermont, FL

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We packed in a lot of wonderful experiences in a two week period

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The small town of Fusion held a lot of great moments including a once in twenty year town celebration. The castles were great also. The Lauterbrunnen valley town of Wengen was beautiful and invited one to several good hikes, plus they were celebrating Swiss day with fireworks."

Todd

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome trip with my wife and 18 year old son. We all had a great time. The Alps tour should be on everyone's bucket list; possibly the most beautiful part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My son and I really enjoyed hiking in the Alpe di Siusi. We were also lucky enough to be in Wengen Switzerland for Swiss Day on August 1 - cool fireworks."

Silla

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 07/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves and didn't know what to expect. Our tour manager, Laurel set the bar high and boy did she deliver!! From the highest peaks of Mont Blanc to the valley of Lauterbrunnen, this alpine adventure tour was one for the books. We loved the My Way aspect, being able to plan our days and nights fully...and having Laurel there to answer every question was such a great comfort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Starting in Salzburg and ending in Chamonix, the views increasingly got better and better. That being said, my favorite wow moment may have been the first one, sitting atop Eagle's nest and seeing a panoramic view of the valleys below. It was our first peak of many to come and it literally took my breath away."

Linus

Turnhout,

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the most wonderful time hiking all over the Alps in My Way: Alpine Europe in 12 Days Tour in July. The May Way format allowed to me to spend enough time doing exactly what I wanted. My tour leader was Gretchen and the activities that she suggested was the best way to spend my limited time in each place. I was always very happy to have followed her suggestions. The tour exceeded all of my preconceived ideas about the Alps so much so that I felt the advertising did not do enough justice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the snow covered mountain peaks spotlighted by the sun during a brief break in the rain while hiking near Murren in Switzerland. It had been raining the whole day while I was hiking and the sun came out for half an hour. What a difference the sunlight made to the already beautiful Alps! Seeing Sprutz waterfall turned into a rock fall after a day of rain. A very angry large volume of brown water expelling big rocks from the heights was fearsome and exciting sight."

Don

Hendersonville, NC

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Pleasant surprises each stop, nice people, amazing views and affordable meals (we were amazed at how reasonably priced restaurants were.) Everyone agreed our stops were ideal towns to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming out of the salt mines and looking straight down at Hallstatt from new overlook. So picturesque after being amazed at history of earliest settlements and first prehistoric miners."

Craig

Appleton, WI

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked the "My Way" tour because everything was not preplanned or done for us. The hotels were comfortable and the breakfasts provided enough to get through most of the day. By the end of two weeks we became fairly adept at finding transportation and making it our destination quickly. The mountain hikes and scenery were spectacular and the personal interaction with local residents were memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though it was kind of cheating to take lifts up the mountains, each one provided us with more and more spectacular views. I thought that the lift to Obebozen was spectacular, then the next day we took the Seiseralm Bergbahn and then up to Panorama during a thunderstorm. There was a lot of clouds and rain in Lauterbrunnen but then in Chamonix we went up to Aguille du Midi before hiking over the the Mer de Glace. Spectacular view from the gondola ride up, at the top and all along the trail."

Tom

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Time may tell, but I have the feeling we are all better human beings for having traveled with you. The one of us who hadn't traveled before stretched as successfully as we hoped; as one who thrives on routine and the familiar, he Wa very comfortable and motivated for adventure by the organization and caring guidance.

Grace

Reston, VA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I took this same tour in August of 2014 with my daughter and we enjoyed it so much, my husband suggested that he and I take the trip together this past July. You might think that doing a tour a second time would be less enjoyable than the first, but the second trip was an opportunity to experience some of the sights and activities missed on the first. Different hikes, different shops, different restaurants and different weather made the second trip just as unique and special as the first.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment this trip was renting bikes in Füssen and riding to lake Forggensee where we happened upon a pretty beach bathed in a beautiful late afternoon light. In the background, a group of locals were celebrating with a picnic and live German folk music. It was a lovely unplanned experience."

Sam

Schenefeld,

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute. The included breakfast and hotels couldn't have been much better...much needed fuel for our full days of hiking. So great to see how many forms beauty can take in one mountain range.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix. A fitting end to the trip, the glaciers here were both breathtaking and fascinating to study."

Mike

Windsor, CA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided economical, time-efficient, educational, and stress free travel over a geographically and culturally diverse swath of the Alps. We loved the independence of this "MY WAY" tour after doing two previous RS Tours which were a great introduction to Europe but we felt the need to "graduate". Last Fall we traveled on our own to multiple European countries but spent too much time arranging transportation and hotels - and getting lost. No time wasted this time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide! My mind is awash with breathtaking images of mountain vistas and stimulating chats with the locals but our guide, Gretchen Strauch, was the consummate TEACHER! She thoroughly introduced the region's customs, language, food, and activities then provided thorough personalized guidance to each traveler enabling a customized adventure. I admire her intelligence and wit. No matter your activity preference Gretchen made it FUN!"

Carrie

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the My Way Alpine Tour. One of the biggest challenges with traveling is that you don't want to waste any time stressing out over transportation and accommodations. Since all that taken care of you get to focus on the fun stuff and getting to all those beautiful sites! The people on our trip really made it special, though. What a great group of like-minded travelers. As a solo traveler, it was nice to connect with other folks and do things with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many wow moments to name just one. Walking the North Face path up from the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland from Mirren to Gimmelweld was just beautiful. The views from the 3,400 meter Aiguille du midi were breathtaking (literally, too--that altitude!). I guess my favorite "WOW" moment would have to be paragliding above Chamonix, surrounded by the Alps. It was just so glorious! i will never forget it."

Ronald

Omaha, NE

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Using Rick Steves guidebooks and episodes my wife [INVALID]ed the things to do at each stop. Our escort, Don, was excellent in educating the group on how to accomplish each task. More on that later. Our tour group meshed well together and all were very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wonderful things to pick one...and each stop brought a new one."

Catherine

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time. The people were nice and Don was very knowledgable. Most of the hotels were awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wengen - it was just so pretty!"

Laurie

Lansing, IA

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a grand time, overall! I will definitely go on another 'My Way' tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow thing was the entire trip!"

Denise

Omaha, NE

Tour: 07/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. I loved the freedom to choose what I wanted to do but have the expertise of our great guide, Don. The scenery was stunning and the hiking was great! We were so fortunate to have beautiful weather for the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was full of beautiful scenery, but dangling in the gondola between the French and Italian borders from Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner with the Matterhorn on one side and Mont Blanc on the other, that was a WOW moment!"

Carol

Manti, UT

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour. We loved the experience and found the information and hotel and bus arrangements very helpful. We loved hiking in the spectacular alps and took full advantage of those opportunities. Our tour guide Mary was wonderful in every way. She is a great teacher with a lot of skill in helping us learn our way around each stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one, but we loved the alp hiking: Dolomites were a dream come true moment, the Swiss alps were a return to a beloved space, and the French alps were more beautiful than we could have imagined. Hallstatt was unbelievably gorgeous and I would have liked another night there."

Meika

Salem, OR

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I long ago promised our 4 children a trip of their choosing with my husband and me when they graduated from High School. So far both kids that have graduated have chosen Rick Steves' My Way tours, and we are so happy they did! While our daughter chose the Italy tour for its art, museums, churches and Italian food, our son wanted more of an outdoor adventure, so it was Alpine Europe for him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is hard to choose since we had wow moments at every stop during our trip. I think the moments that stand out the very most are seeing King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles in Germany, and hiking the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. At the end of our day of hiking in Switzerland our son decided to tandem paraglide with a guide to the floor of the valley - I know that was a very big wow moment for him!"

Catherine

Toronto, ON

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour very much and had a wonderful time. The long bus rides we had dreaded turned out to be very tolerable with Mary giving us the perfect amount of rest time interspersed with her informative talks. Consultation with Mary helped us make some wise decisions about what is realistic for us to accomplish in a day and within our capacity, which all helped to make the tour very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Dolomites for the first time peeking out of the mist! It was the more precious because it wasn't always visible but was visible enough and for sufficient time for us to have a very enjoyable time up on the Alpes di Suisi."

Christina

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! Beautiful sites, great company and professional guide and bus driver. It was a superb combination that made the trip wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the lake at Hallstat with the swans."

David

Palm Bay, FL

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very enjoyable and was exactly the kind of tour that I was expecting. I chose this tour because of the itinerary and it did not disappoint. I love the mountains so taking a tour through the Alps was just what I wanted. Mary did a very good job of leading the tour. She gave us enough information on each stop to help us accomplish what we wanted to do. She also did a good job of helping the group bond together since this was a My Way tour and we were all doing our own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite stop was the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. Hiking between Mannlichen and Kleine Scheidegg was my favorite "wow" experience. The mountains were so beautiful. This is the one stop that I would definitely like to see again. We were fortunate that the weather was very good and we had a great day seeing this. My other "wow" moment that I would recommend to do is the Panoramic Mont-Blanc gondola in Chamonix. If the weather is clear, this is spectacular."

Caroline

Markham, ON

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was my first tour with RS and true to his name my encounter with the Alps left me with a positive experience which I would want to repeat in the future. Mary's service was high quality and the hotel staff were helpful. The hotels were better than I thought though having A/C would be a bonus. The towns we stayed were well chosen particularly picturesque Hallstatt and rustic Castelrotto. Transport was punctual and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one can context the mighty Alps but my best moment was crossing paths with two cows with bells on their necks, their names on the bells, standing like sentinels on each side of a wooden bench. They will always be there to complete the landscape,"

Joseph

Ridgewood, NY

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Travelling on a Rick Steves tour is always an unforgettable experience. This was our 1st my way tour. (prior to this I traveled on 7 fantastic RS tours) This tour worked perfectly in the My Way plan. Lodging and transportation was terrific and we had all the information needed to make the most out of each stop on our adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment would be what I would call Mountain dining. On our way to Le Brevant we stopped off at Planpraz. We stopped into what Rick called a pleasant restaurant. Here we are with a spectacular view across to Mt Blanc expecting acceptable fare while we relax after a day of hiking. I dined on a rack of lamb dusted with Pine nuts. From our table, we could spot the "small refuge" just below Plan de l'Aiguille where we dined the day before. Fine dining/sublime setting=WOW"

Claudia

Ridgewood, NY

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was truly wonderful. I love mountains, and being fed a healthy dose of the Alps like we were was terrific for me. This was my first "My Way" tour, and I think that format worked perfectly for this particular itinerary. As has been the case with all eight of my previous RS tours, I very much enjoyed the folks we traveled with, and I think it says something that not one person opted out of the optional final group dinner. Overall, an excellent tour that has left me with wonderful memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one! Driving through, hiking on, riding up and staying in the Alps. The stillness on the gondola ride over the glacier from the Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner Point in Italy. Getting to Bolzano to view Ötzi the Iceman along with so much of his preserved gear. Eating gourmet-quality meals in so-called "huts" on a mountain. The views from our hotel room in Wengen. The fresh air, and the sounds of cow- and goat bells. Every day provided "wow" moments!"

Todd

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The locations were great with plenty of things to do. Mary, our guide, was outstanding. The transportation was excellent and most of the hotels were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wengen is an amazing place. Really enjoyed our hike there"

Joann

North Haven, CT

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience of the Rick Steves My Way Alpine Europe was incredible! It was exactly what we were looking for. It was our first time traveling to Europe and the My Way tour handled all of the logistics for us. It took the pressure off of picking the best hotels and getting from location to location. The hotels were perfect and the transportation was first class. Our tour manager Don was incredible. The tour format gave us the independence we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We have two favorite WOW moments. Hiking the Trail of Witches in Alpe di Siusi was breathtaking. Surrounded by the Dolomites, walking through meadows of wild flowers and sharing the trail with the cows. Spectacular! Our other WOW was just as spectacular. Hiking the North Face Trail in Switzerland. Surrounded by white capped mountains, waterfalls, meadows, and the serene sound of the cow bells.The village of Gimmelwald was beautiful and our walk back through Lauterbrunnen Valley was amazing."

Gregory

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Many of the hotels were better than I expected. The escort was terrific! Provided just the guidance and help that was needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Dolomites was the best segment for me -- I had never been there before."

Maureen

Vallejo, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exactly suited our needs. We were so grateful not to have to organize hotels and transportation before we left. During the trip, we saved hours that we would have spent getting our bearings in each area and/or getting lost, as well as getting frustrated. We were able to spend our time exploring, hiking, and connecting with each other, our tour companions, and the local folks we ran into on the way, rather than sweating the small stuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All our hikes were equally wow-ful: the lovely alpine meadows of the Dolomites (including an unforgettably serene chairlift over a sea of wildflowers up to Panorama); the beautiful North Face trail from Allmenhubel in Switzerland; and the glorious views of Mont Blanc on the Grand Balcon Sud in France."

Ann

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome tour. It definitely exceeded my expectations and was a perfect tour experience for our teenagers. The fellow travelers were a delight and our guide Don was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland"

Anne

Boston, MA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was absolutely incredible. The sites, the people, the alps, Don. All absolutely the very best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were hiking down from the alpe de siusi and had been hiking for a while and were tired and looked at a map and there was a trail to a chairlift right to the center of Castlerotto! It was the closest to being in heaven we've ever been."

Dianne

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Since this was a self guided tour, we were responsible for all of our daily activities. A little daunting when you only have a short time to figure things out once you are on the ground, even after studying the tour book. Different in person as opposed to reading it in a book. We planned lots of activities and probably tried to do too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alpe di Siusi and having a drink at an outdoor cafe."

Ever

Boston, MA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour, and I saw some of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen in my life. I loved so many of the locations we visited, and I felt that our tour guide gave us lots of information on each place so that we felt familiar before we even reached each location. Our bus driver was awesome as well. I felt overall pretty happy with the hotels we stayed at too. I had some awesome times on this trip and met some really adventurous and fun people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we took a gondola up to the top of the mountain at Chamonix. It was 13,000 feet up, and I could feel my heart beating faster and my breathing getting shallower. The view was spectacular, and it was freezing at the top, with snow whipping around everywhere. It was really amazing."

Nicolette

Leona Valley, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just what we were looking for. Our first Europe trip and did not want to waste time finding our way. The stopover locations were beautiful with plenty of options of things to do. The hotels and breakfasts were fabulous. Our tour group was a wonderful group of people with interests much like ours. Our transportation was very comfortable with plenty of room. We enjoyed every minute of this tour with the perfect amount of tour guide tips to enjoy on our our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Through our research we had high expectations that were definitely met. There were too many scenic wows to mention just one. Every hotel was wonderful. I would have to say I did not expect such a large comfortable bus for a group as small as ours. I was worried about the tour bus experience and was pleasantly surprised with the high class transportation we received."

Roxanne

Redding, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and my first time in Europe. I really enjoyed our escort, Mary! She did a great job of prepping us for our next visit and was extremely helpful when any of us needed assistance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The room we had in Halstatt was PHENOMENAL! It was a pity that we were there only one night. (We had a lake view!) The Alpe di Siusi area also rocked! So beautiful and accessible! Everyday of the tour seemed to have it's own "wow" moment."

Pamela

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the freedom to do our own thing! Mary our " guide " was very helpful and informative. She helped make everything flow smoothly and gave us useful information. Seems we also got lucky with our tour mates as they were a great group of people to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The complete realization that we had hiked in the Alps in four separate countries and they were all so amazing was my "wow" moment."

Peter

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For those who like a degree of planning left to the moment, the "My Way" experience is perfect. Our group was filled with wonderful people, yet no one felt like they had to be with the 'group' at any one time. Escort Mary was first rate, handled all information requests and pointed us in the right direction so we could experience doing things ourselves! Recommend this tour for anyone who likes some freedom while leaving transportation and lodging issues up to the tour operator.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We gen. Perfect weather for views of the Eiger, Monck and Jungfrau."

Theresa

Portage, MI

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not being a hardcore hiker but only a leisurely hiker, I appreciated the choices of hikes from moderate to challenging. This enables everyone to have an opportunity to enjoy the vistas. Because so much of the driving took place in the high mountains with 180 degree turns (yikes!), I so appreciated the confidence and sense of humor of John during the drives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau Alps from our hotel window. We slept at the opposite end of the bed with the windows wide open so we could wake up with them in view. There was never a dull showing. Wow!"

Theresa

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This "My Way: Alpine Europe in 12 Days Tour" met my expectations and beyond. I get the chills every time I start sharing my stories and photos about it. Our tour guide, Mary, was the best! Our driver of the very comfortable bus, John, was also fantastic and amazingly took very tight turns with ease. I'm a hiker and appreciated the choice of different challenging levels of hikes to choose from. My husband and I challenged ourselves to more intense hikes in the Alps and were successful :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "Wow" moments so it's hard to choose! The sunset view from our hotel balcony in Wengen, Switzerland, stands out."

Lisa

Warren, MI

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is amazing!It is a great trip for avid hikers, such as my husband and myself. We walked/hiked 105 miles over the course of the trip.It was also a great trip for people who wanted to experience the mountains, but didn't care to hike as much as we did. The important thing is that everyone on our tour made the trip exactly what they wanted it to be!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite moment was hiking the Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg trail and realizing that we had enough time to do the North Face Trail from Allmendhubel to Murren. The absolutely best "wow" moment was the chairlift ride from L'Index down to La Flegere, priceless views!!!"

Lance

Loon lake, WA

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour. Since it was a 'My Way' tour we did not expect much in tour guidance. Mary was fantastic. Every day on the bus she went over language basics for the area we would be visiting. She then went over the site seeing options for the next stop along with her experiences and recommendations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of great experiences. I guess the viewpoint for Mont Blanc in Chamonix was the most memorable. Runner up would be the hike above Wengen from the lift to the train viewing the snow capped peaks and mountain meadows."

Gregory

Warren, MI

Tour: 06/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All that I had hoped for. Transportation and lodging all great. Input from Mary our tour advisor/guide was great- the was pleasant and well organized and helpful suggestions. Locations for our bases of hiking in the Alps were great. Lisa and I were able to hike about 110 miles over the course of our trip with a day added on at each end in Salzburg and Chamonix. It would have been nice to spend another day in Haltstadt.

Debra

Monument, CO

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous experience! The My Way Tour allowed us just enough independence. We were able to schedule activities that appealed to us without having to worry about the logistics of getting to our next destination or planning our lodging. An additional benefit was learning about other participants' activities and making new friends. Our escort was such a great leader. His friendliness, enthusiasm and knowledge of the areas we visited was a great asset to our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite "wow" moments from the tour (there were several) was when I looked out the window of our hotel to view the Lauterbrunnen Valley spilling out in front of us with its glaciated peaks and hanging waterfalls. It was a truly spectacular site; one I will hold in my mind's eye forever!"

Doug

Monument, CO

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The my way tour is an excellent way to do the tour. The flexibility really was great. I think you hit all the right areas. The was a rumor that Hallstat might be dropped. I would recommend keeping it on the tour as it was one of my favorite places and would like to have spent more time there. Another thought would be to have 1 or 2 places that you spend a couple of full days there. Castlerotto and Wengan would be areas I could have spent more time at. Andrew was an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstat was certainly spectacular. Wengan was great too. Castlerotto grew on me and is probably the place I could spend the most time at without breaking the bank."

Joanne

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Alpine tour was the perfect choice because it included five Alpine countries which were all unique and spectacular in their own way. As a seasoned European traveler, I didn't want to be on a guided group tour and I didn't want to worry about driving. My Way tours allowed me the flexibility to plan my own "excursions" while traveling on a large bus with a small group and a great tour manager. This tour exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow", Hallstatt is Heaven, so charming and picturesque. A dramatic "wow" moment was the juxtaposition of Italy's Alpe de Suisi's peaceful green meadow surrounded by the imposing dolomite peaks. "Wow", the Neuschwanstein Castle and Bavarian Alps really looked like a storybook! My favorite "WOW" moment was a spectacular view from our hotel, perched on a cliff in Wengen, Switzerland, overlooking the lush, Lauterbrunnen Valley, waterfalls, and glaciers of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains."

Ann

Hamilton, OH

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We truly enjoy the my way experience. With our leaders help we were able to plan our activities once we got to each location. We enjoy the small group of people that was in our group. We especially enjoyed the hikes in the alps. Traveling in the bus was very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was our hike in Alpe di Siusi."

Kent

Arvada, CO

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! Great experience. Well orchestrated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no one particular "wow" moment. Every stop had it's unique and impressive moments. Every aspect of the trip was a surprise, fun and fantastic."

Anthony

Wesley Chapel, FL

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

overall the tour was wonderful. we had excellent weather the entire time and our fantastic guide andrew helped us make the most of our time in each city. even indulging us in our fanatical attempt to make it to bolzano on our first day in casarotto.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"my favorite "wow" moment was the first train ride up into wengen, when we were finally able to see the entire lauterbrunnen valley for the first time. special shout out to the entire city of hallstatt which is straight out of a fairy tale and was my favorite stop of the trip."

Therese

Gatineau, QC

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the my way alpine Europe in 12 days . Would recommend this trip to family and friends. Andrew was a great tour host, fun, full of energy always had great ideas and recommendations.....also always available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, no matter which way u turned it was always breathtaking. In the Dolomites hiking through the meadows with the alps surrounding u fabulous.......Chamonix beautiful village surrounded by the French Alps.wow!!!"

Barbara

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized. Transportation was excellent, as was the bus driver. Will was friendly, driving skills made me feel secure. Andrew made everyone comfortable. The people on our tour were friendly. The locations were outstanding! Every place was beautiful with plenty of activities to keep us busy. This was our first time overseas, and the My Way Tour was perfect for our family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many!! If I had to pick one, it was Wengen, Switzerland and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The mountains, the scenery, the villages were so beautiful! Every corner we turned brought another amazing view, bursting with beauty."

Stacy

Rockville, MD

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a beautiful adventure with a safety net. The tour guide provided the perfect amount of advise and support for us to go on adventures that we never dreamed of. In Italy and Switzerland, our guide instructed us on how to get to the most beautiful hikes for novice hikers. We took buses, trains, lifts, and gondolas with confidence, because we had our own personal travel coach!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were just so many wow moments on this trip. We had killer views from our Halstatt and I'd say my favorite wow moment was the view from the gondola that took us from Mt. Blanc to Helbronner, Italy. However, I had one of the best days ever in Switzerland, when we hiked to Murren and Gimmelwald, took a lift to Schilhorn, and walked inside a waterfall! The scenery was wonderful and we heard and saw so many cowbells and waterfalls along the way."

Douglas

Rockville, MD

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. The My Way tour exceeded my expectations. It was great not having to worry about the logistics of which hotels to stay in and how to get from 1 city to another, but still be able to explore each destination on our own terms. Rather than being forced to tour a site I wasn't interested in, we were able to enjoy each city the way we wanted to. It wa the best of both worlds!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Wengen, we took the train to Lauterbrunnen and then a lift to Grutschalp. From there, we hiked to Murren. In the 1st few minutes of that hike, my wife and I looked at each other and actually said, "Wow!" at the same time! IT was incredible. We had a 2nd Wow moment when we took the Panoramic Mont Blanc gondola from Aiguille du Midi to Gare Helbronner. Because of weather, we missed this during our full day there, but we were able to go back on the last day before checking out."

Cathy

London, ON

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 4th RS tour, but first My Way. We prefer the guided tours but the My Way format is better for this itinerary. We really wanted to see the Alps and we did. But we're seniors and we also needed to be able to choose what we'd do every day according to our own interests, budget and energy levels. We thoroughly enjoyed most but not all of the places we visited. Hallstatt, Alpi di Suisi and the Swiss Alps were favorites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We finally got good weather in the Alps so actually being able to hike on Alpi di Suisi and to Kleine Scheidegg were our wow moments. The landscape, the mountain views, the wild flowers and the relief to find that we're not too old to enjoy them, all added to wonderful experiences. A special wow moment for me was also when we found that our hotel room had a balcony with a gorgeous view of the Dolomites. We spent many happy moments out on that balcony."

Christine

Kitchener, ON

Tour: 06/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful with many highlights. The alpine destinations were varied but each one had its own charms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps were a highlight. Although Switzerland was the most expensive destination on the trip (a 26 Swiss franc underwhelming fondue) its natural beauty was overwhelming. The Italian Dolomites were also beautiful with the rolling green pastures and the towering peaks -the staff at the hotel at which we stayed also amazed with their friendliness and warmth."

Coyla

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exceeded my expectations. I'd been to a few of the places before, but missed some of the highlights that were pointed out by our leader. The weather cooperated completely - warm, sunny, perfect for hiking and biking. The scenery was stunning. Hiking in the Dolomites, under the Jungfrau, Eiger, and Monck in Switzerland and Mt. Blanc in Chamonix with the Matterhorn visible in the background provided many "wow" moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from, hard to know which was my favorite. Perhaps going to the top of the Zugspitze and looking down on Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where I had spent the winter as a ski bum many years ago. Standing on top of the tallest mountain in Germany, with one foot in Bavaria and the other in Tyrol on a sunny day so that one could see for miles in every direction, was very special."

Carolyn

Wellesley, MA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It met our expectations of what a "My Way Tour" would be like. In the end, it turned out to be more fantastic than we had anticipated. We were very fortunate to have a marvelous group of people on our tour and our tour guide, Cynthia, made our trip run so smoothly without a single day of any problems.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were Nature's gift to world. I would have liked another day to hike and admire them."

Shawn

Chelsea, MI

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! So much to choose from each day. In fact, you could repeat the tour and have a completely different experience. Well run and organized. We received so much more (welomed) advice and info than we were expecting from our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our bike ride and afternoon to the Alpsebadde lake/beach. We paid our 3 euros to get in, brought our lunch, and chilled on the grassy beach for a few hours. So relaxing and away from the castle tourist throngs."

Paula

Warthen, GA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose this My Way tour because we wanted to hike at our own pace (not slow down the group). The pace of our time in each beautiful city was very flexible. Our group seemed to share a common desire to explore, hike, and appreciate the beauty of nature. This was one of the most relaxed, yet busy, tour groups we have experienced. My husband and I enjoyed each amazing view. This tour is amazing and we were delighted to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I told my husband, that I had said "wow" more often than ever on this tour. There were many, many wow moments throughout each day. Seeing the Dolomites from the Alpe di Siusi meadow and watching the panoramic view change as we hiked higher was my favorite place. Hallstatt was the most charming. Being invited, by a flyer at our bedroom door, to attend a prayer processional at 4:00am in Castlerotto was spiritual. We actually got to hear the Big Bell announcing this special occassion."

John

Warthen, GA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience-good people-good tour manager-great scenery. We wanted to visit the Alps at a relaxed pace with time to absorb the beauty of nature. This was the right tour for us at this time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going inside the glacier."

Marielle

Burlington, VT

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything we hoped for and more. This was our first trip abroad and we wanted a tour that had the reputation for choosing well-[INVALID]ed destinations, but also gave us the freedom to do the activities we wanted to do. This tour covered a lot of ground and introduced us to the Alps from five different countries and perspectives. The sights were outstanding and our tour guide and fellow tour-mates enhanced our experience. I wish we could go back and do it all over again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our trip was full of "Wow" moments, but we finished our day in Switzerland saying, "wow, today was a perfect day." The landscape had spectacular views at every turn. Trümmelbach Falls were an unexpected highlight and were awe-inspiring from the sheer force and noise of the water rushing through the rock walls. The fondue and rösti were incredible too. A pleasant, unexpected surprise was when we ran into the Giro d'Italia, a bicycle race, on our way into Castelrotto."

Qingyi

Green River, WY

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a blast, and all the sights were over the top. Cynthia was great, and we had the time of our lives!! THANKS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our great tour leader, and spending time socializing with the group. Sights are everywhere, people like Cynthia and Omar our driver are GOLD and not everywhere."

Diane

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of folks and we were very interested to see how the "my way" tours worked compared to a regular RS tour. We didn't expect so much caring and help with ideas on a daily basis from Cynthia. She was FABULOUS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment was hiking in Switzerland looking at the Tiger!"

Christy

Guyton, GA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on three previous RS tours and this is our first My Way tour. Overall tour experience was above what we expected and we expect a lot from RS tours. We really enjoyed the flexibility of a My Way tour and we will definitely repeat doing another My Way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mount Blanc! We took the first gondola lift up in the morning and we had the mountain to our selves for a few minutes. The shear beauty of the views was breath taking. Perfect weather day!"

Jessica

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the My Way Alps tour format. We had incredibly good weather and there were just enough cable cars/trains open in Mid-May for us to get a taste of the high altitudes. Our Escort, Laurel, was organized, checked in daily with us and pointed us in the right direction for activities we wanted to do. Our driver was fantastic and each of the hotels we stayed in were comfortable and clean. We followed many of the recommendations in the My Way Alps book and were not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day we drove from Ortisei to Fussen, we hit a small itinerary bump in discovering the Zugspitze cable car was shut down for maintenance. Laurel and our driver, Joost, navigated us to the Highlight 179 suspension rope bridge spanning the valley B179 crossing, between the Ehrenberg Ruins and Fort Claudia. It was spontaneity with incredible 360 degree views, historical ruins, whimsy, adventure and something for everyone (food, museum, outdoors, etc.) A perfect day and a great substitute!"

George

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th RS tour but first My Way tour and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, fellow travelers and tour manager. I enjoyed doing the necessary pre-trip research and reservations and then executing the results, sometimes needing to make off-course adjustments when touring unsupervised that resulted in some interesting un-anticipated sight seeing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The clear day view from the Jungfrau was awesome ,but Chamonix - Aiguille du Midi - Mont Blanc was incredible with the ability to see the Matterhorn off in the distance! Loved Hallstatt!"

Molly

South Boston, MA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were pleasantly surprised at what a fantastic and beautiful little town Hallstatt was! I had never heard about it before and it ended up being a great place to spend a day and night! We really enjoyed all of Austria!"

Donald

Essex Jct, VT

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great taste of the five countries. A nice balance between urban and rural areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The train from Lauterbrunnen to the Jungfrau on a severe clear day."

Brian

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way Tour has sold us. Just what we needed. A little guidance from an experienced guide and left alone to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen! Wow but also the town of Murren. Second place, the little cafe on the trail atop Mont Blanc"

Renee

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way was perfect for us - a good group of only 20 sharing a bus with a terrific bus driver(Jost). Our tour manager, Laurel, was knowledgeable and fun, helped plan our time, navigate the Alpine towns and organized happy hours with the group. The lodging was comfortable and well located with good walking or local bus access to the areas. We took the first 2017 tour (May 15 -25) so some of the lifts and restaurants in the mountain towns were not yet open.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cog train trip up the Jungfrau was spectacular."

Brooke

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time traveling with a tour company, and the experience was very positive. I enjoyed the freedom of being able to decide my own itinerary, but having the tour manager there to answer questions and provide guidance. Our tour manager was wonderful - laid back (but still organized), funny, and knowledgable. The cities we travelled to were gorgeous, the hotels were lovely, and the information in the travel guide was spot on (except for a few businesses that have closed).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" moments. One was in Hallstatt. The town is beyond picturesque, the hotel was amazing, and being able to sit on my balcony in the evening, overlooking the town square, and drink wine, was sublime. I also loved our time in Lauterbrunnen. Again, the hotel location was great, but our day in Schilthorn was full of fun (from the cheesy James Bond restaurant to the Birg thrill walk)."

Bill

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Grat experience, primarily due to Laurel's care and guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Luaurbrunner."

Bonita

Franksville, WI

Tour: 05/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lovely experience ... great options for sightseeing ... dedicated and knowledgeable guide ... hotels were very nice, appreciated private bathrooms. Especially liked staying in small towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sound of Music bike ride tour in Salzburg was great fun. We had a delightful guide who tossed in locate history and kept us totally entertained. Also seeing the Alps in Switzerland and France."

Kathy

Hamburg, NY

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved every minute! Our second RS tour, first My Way. I had some doubts about the My Way for us as we speak little to no French or German. Everyone we encountered along the way were so very accommodating we need not have given it a second thought. We managed to take local transport, eat, and see the sights with no major problems. Now that we are over 60 rental bikes in many areas provided us with access to areas we may not have gotten to on foot. Breathtaking views, great food and new friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Halstatt for me was amazing. The lake surrounded by mountains, old stone Church and swans swimming over to greet us, perfect! Not forgetting the show put on by the "joy riding" hang gliders sailing the air down from the peaks."

Jacqueline

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was outstanding. It was well organized, we were told what to expect, everything ran smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seemed like every day was a new wow moment. It would be hard to pick one, though most of the gondola rides would be high on the list."

Emily

Whitefish Bay, WI

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the 'my way' format. Limited time with group, maximum choice. Overall liked the itinerary with a good mix of city/village/rural, but found Hallstatt too bustling to be relaxing. Consider swapping in a different lake town. Would like to see more 'my way' routes offered as Spain is the only other current one we are interested in, and we are on the fence about doing a full-service tour. How about Benelux or the UK?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best day was when we woke up in Wengen, took the lift to Männlichen, and hiked to Kleine Scheidegg and back down to Wengen (although we should have gotten on the train at Wengernalp). The weather and the views could not have been more amazing. This was the serene landscape for which I went to the Alps. Would definitely like to spend some more time in that area in the future."

David

Vienna, VA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the my way tour. There were many options given on what to do and see and I liked the decision being up to me. The Alps tour was so good I would like to do it again someday and do and see things that I didn't see the first time. In addition, the scenery was spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Berner Oberland was amazing! Taking the lift from Wengen to Mannlichen and hiking to Kliene Scheidegg had fantastic views. I had read it was a great hike but seeing was believing!"

Kathryn

Old Town, ME

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a dream come true for my husband and me. We really wanted the opportunity to immerse ourselves in culture, history, and nature. Each stop on our tour offered numerous opportunities to do so. The My-Way experience was manageable and Cynthia offered excellent advice about how to organize our time at each stop based on our interests (and comfort level with the local language!). The group size was nice and we enjoyed getting to know people of all ages and travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg was our first stop and we immediately felt at ease there. Its beauty, history, and culture really wowed us in comparison to other cities we have visited (domestic and abroad). Switzerland offered us our favorite views of nature and alpine culture. We were blown away by the pristine countryside and powerful mountain views."

Charles

Tumwater, WA

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having taken several Rick Steves tours, I was wondering what the My Way experience would be. It turned out to be very enjoyable. My wife and I were busy every minute of the trip. Our guide was very good at helping whenever we needed advise on how to get somewhere and with ideas of things to see along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a "wow". When a travel experience is this great, a single moment is hard to choose. The beautiful weather we enjoyed helped make the Alps seem like a dream. The Lauterbrunnen Valley was just perfect and the hotel that we stayed in in Wengen was very nice. But, Chamonix, France was love at first sight. My wife and I both thought what a fantastic place to live."

Norman

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 09/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was outstanding. After we returned home, my wife and I decided that if we had tried to book a similar trip on our own we would have completely overlooked many of the unique, interesting destinations that we visited on this tour. The "My Way" format worked well for us, allowing group members to "do their own thing" while still providing cohesiveness, support, and getting to know new interesting people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking a gondola up to the Alpe di Suisi where we were dumped on meadows and pastures with cows contentedly chewing their cuds with jingling bells around their neck, just like in the images we had of the Alps. We are not hikers but we ending up taking hikes around the "Trail of the Witches" and other hikes at other sites just to absorb the beauty and serenity of the places we visited."

James

Metamora, IL

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We booked this trip last minute - only 5 weeks before it began. We didn't know exactly what to expect since we had never taken any sort of "organized" tour. We had been to Europe many times before but always planned our own trips using Rick's book and videos. We will definitely consider doing another My Way tour in the future. Our guide Dan was fantastic and helped direct us on things to do, but the great thing was it was our decision each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching a base jumper suit up and jump from 12,000 feet - WOW IS RIGHT."

Joy

Auburn, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful sampling of diverse areas of the alps in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland with opportunities for hiking. We were also very fortunate in that the weather was good in the scenic areas that mattered the most. The unexpected surprise of the tour was being able to experience the annual celebration of the cows returning from the higher meadow areas down into the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Alpe di Siusi and northern Italian dolomites was an outstanding experience. I loved the blending of Italian and German cultures and small village character of Castelrotto."

Monika

Farmington, NY

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. I saw experienced towns and landscapes I've never seen before. Great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved a little town above Fuhren Switzerland as they paraded their cows through town as they moved them down from the mountains. Not part of the tour."

Ellen

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first, but not the last Rick Steves tour. Dan was a great escort, always making sure we knew what we were doing and where we were going for our free days with lots of great advice for spots to eat,etc.All the hotels were very nice local hotels. Probably partially due to good advice, we found the prices of meals were very reasonable compared to Calif prices. Each location was breathtaking..not enough time especially in Alps du Suissi and Chamonix- could have used extra days there

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one wow moment- Hiking in " HIlls are alive with the Sound of Music" scenery of Alpe di Siusi, and lunch in beatiful sunshine at Malnuelttejhutt. Finding(!) and eating (!!) at our tour escorts "secret" local spots in more that one location! ( Thanks Dan). Watching the cows come down at Wengen (Lauterbrunnen) in all their local glory! Bike riding in Lauterbrunnen."

Lawrence

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked having the travel between areas taken a care of, and the excellent hotels that were small,locally owned, friendly and centrally located. Dan was a great "guide" giving us info when we needed it, and sharing his own little gems of places to eat and where to hike. I enjoyed the "my way" aspect as we could be more adventurous at times or take it easy according to how we felt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My most memorable or "wow" moment came in Cassellrotto when we went to eat at Tony's Pizza a local place with no English menu. Because it was full they asked if we would mind sitting with another couple. We said yes and shared a table with a couple from Rostock, Germany. The wife spoke some English and was so helpful. We ordered two of the dinner specials with her help and the pasta with the locally harvested mushrooms was so good! Meeting friendly "locals" was the highlight for me."

Kerry

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rick Steves sales people are great to talk with. They are consistently friendly and really wanted to be helpful when I called with questions/issues. Hotels were great, towns visited spectacular.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt was the best! Breathtakingly beautiful, peaceful, friendly people, and best of all, when I took a walk at night, I felt like I was the only person in that perfect town."

John

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Your travel experience shows when the next location that we stop at is better than the last. The low key personality of our tour manager gave all of us the confidence to head out and do the unique sites that were a bit off the beaten path. He had some great suggestions which wouldn't appear in any travel magazine. Very competent and a great guy to spend time with. Dan really helped to make the trip a total success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when we were in Chamonix, the weather was perfect and there were mountain hikes to be done where the few people that were on the hikes were local people. That area was spectacular and the type of extreme adventure sports that happen there are levels above anything I had seen before. Truly amazing and inspiring. Many of the places I had read about years ago but it was great to finally get to see the real thing."

Nancy

Wauwatosa, WI

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this trip. Spectacular scenery which got more fantastic as the trip went on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix for sure. But also LOVED the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

David

Farminton, NY

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very happy with the my way format and Dan's helpful suggestions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the top of Mount Blanc."

Kathryn

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything! We had no expectations but excitement going into this tour. Each day provided so many outstanding moments and experiences that were so well thought out by the Rick Steves' organization. We absolutely loved being able to visit the 5 countries of the alps so effortlessly. We could never of done it on our own! The bus ride, the places, the hikes, and information about each area we visited enhanced our trip tremendously! Plus, we loved being on our own or with others at our own choosing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, it is hard to decide. But if I have to choose, I suppose being on top of Mt. Blanc in Chamonix, France was spectacular! At over 12,000 ft., with base jumpers, hang gliders, and majestic glaciers and mountain peaks everywhere, (plus an amazing restaurant at the mid-section off the gondola) I will never be able to replace that day. It was truly the "cherry" on top of a sundae of amazing experiences!"

Keith

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we were not disappointed! We wanted to see the Alps and spend time hiking in the mountains without restrictions and the My Way tour was the perfect way to accomplish our goal. With helpful recommendations from our guide, we embarked upon a very satisfying and enjoyable series of hikes that absolutely overwhelmed us with the breathtaking scenery and the grandeur and majesty of the Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After a spectacular ascent to Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps, I stood atop the summit and watched a daring basejumper suit up and jump from the 12,600 foot pinnacle. WOW!! (Keith) The Lauterbrunnen Valley was quaint with unique access to glacial Truemmelbach falls that twisted and roared as we ascended to higher views deep within the mountain. French Alps peaceful hike above Chamonix, beyond the hikers hut (yummy tarts, parasailing views) to see Mer de Glace,(Jill)"

Ruth Ann

Cohasset, MN

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We aren't tour people, so the My Way choice was a good one for our first trip to Europe. I felt very fortunate to have Dan as our escort and a group made up of friendly and considerate companions. Dan gave us advice based on our likes and ability. It was fun running into our new friends on the trails and experiencing wonderful destinations with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the stunning scenery of Hallstatt. I wish we would have had more time there. I would have loved to have gone on a boat ride and spent time on the hotel's beautiful patio. The meadows of Alpe Di Susi would be a close second."

Robert

Cohasset, MN

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Alpine Tour was perfect for us. We usually plan our own trips, but the logistics of our first trip to Europe proved to be overwhelming. Letting the experts plan the route, transportation, and lodging, allowed us to relax and enjoy our visit. We had an escort who gave us invaluable advice about what to do at each stop. We especially enjoyed traveling with a group of like-minded folks, making many new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Before the trip, I would have expected to answer this question with either Lauterbrunnen Valley or the Aiguille du Midi. But I must say it was the Alpe Di Siusi, in the Dolomites. It was totally not what I was expecting, and so much different than the high peaks of the Alps. Loved hiking there."

Kathy

Metamora, IL

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first rick steves tour. We really enjoyed the fact that transportation and hotels were taken care of. We also appreciated having Dan as a resource to guide us through choices at each stop. We had a great group of people to travel with and really enjoyed getting to know them and having others to share experiences with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little town of Hallstatt was a wow for me. The setting of the hotel right on the beautiful lake surrounded by mountains was breathtaking! I would love to go back."

Laura

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alpine tour way exceeded my expectations. Laurel was a great coach and guide, and I saw how she talked with each couple (our group happened to be couples) to make each stop the best possible for our individual needs. I would use her again if I knew her schedule! My husband and I want to do another "my way" trip. I don't have the physical ability to keep up with a fully guided tour, so this set up was perfect for me. The weather cooperated with us. Usually the rainy days were on the bus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was going up the cable cars and the Needle to see Mount Blanc and the terrain. We had a sunny clear day and it was only 32 degrees so it was for me a great experience. (I was prepared for it to be colder) But my favorite day was Hallstatt. Again, the weather was great. My husband and I rented a motor boat and rode around on the lake. It was beautiful! There are so many great moments and experiences, it is hard to select just one."

Rose

Los Alamitos, CA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fantastic from start to finish. The group on this tour was friendly, outgoing and interacted well together. The locations we visited were in small towns, the hotels close to transportation, sites, restaurants and shops. Accommodations were good, and varied from location to location. Laurel, the tour manager, was informed and familiar with the locations and hiking options. She recommended restaurants, foods, places to see and interacted with everyone in a pleasant manner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the visit to Aguille du Midi because it was so gorgeous. The weather was clear on the day we were there and the views were beautiful. We took the lift down to Plan de L'Aigullie and enjoyed hiking and a fabulous lunch."

Celeste

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was magical. I had traveled extensively to Europe when I was younger and had a hard time accepting that at 70 I needed some help with the logistics of travel. This was the perfect compromise. We had transportation and lodging provide and yet we were able to have the independence we desired. Laurel was wonderful. She helped us with suggestions at every stop and then encouraged us to strike out on our own. We felt like kids again. I can't praise this experience enough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We just went though a viewing of our pictures and it was difficult to pick one "wow" moment. My husband was a mountain climber and his dream was to see the Eiger and Chamonix. I loved both of those places, but my favorite moment was the witches hike in the Dolomites. The meadows, the animals with bells, the picturesque villages, and the mountains were enchanting. I will remember that hike for the rest of my life. Thank you for developing this trip."

Tom

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As first timers, we weren't sure what to expect. The experiience was much greater than anything that we expected. The destinations were excellent. Our escort, Laurel, was awesome. The bus driver, Andre, was the best. The group,soon bonded and we had No Grumps. The My Way tour was an excellent choice for us, and gave us the flexibility that we wanted in our daily activities. The accommodations were are top notch. We will be planning on another My Way tour in the near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was when we arrived in Hallstatt - and also seeing Otzi, the Bronze Age man. My wife's Wow moment was the views of Mt Blanc from the top Aiguilli du Midi "needle" viewpoint. Many other awesome moments almost everyday."

Joseph

Hilton Head, SC

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My way tour was a great format for this tour as we liked to hike and could select the routes we wanted to take.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Mt. Blanc up close"

Linda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything it was advertised to be. What made it such a positive experience was the expertise of the guide, great driver and the book that gave us all the information we would ever need about where we were going. The book was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Couldn't possibly narrow it down to one but being on top of Mt Blanc would be close."

Ron

Loveland, CO

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide (Laurel) and driver (Andres) made this all go so well. We love the My Way concept and find we are well supported before and during the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't describe a single "wow" although the brilliant sunshiny day on Mt Blanc comes close."

Suzanne

Loveland, CO

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd "My Way" tour and lucky for us, we had Laurel for our escort both times. She is a huge part of why the experience was such a hit. Her warm and friendly personality and great communication skills sets the tone for camaraderie among fellow travelers, including our great bus driver, Andre. I rate this particular trip an A+ on scenery alone and when asked what my favorite place was, I cannot answer based on the itinerary and stops this trip included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We live close to the Rockies in Colorado and although our mountains are higher in elevation, the Alps overwhelmed us in diversity and magnificence. Going to the top of many different peaks by cable car, gondola, funicular, train, etc. was something very special. Seeing and hearing high grazing cattle and meandering from hut to hut and enjoying local foods and beverages was also most enjoyable."

Mark

Folsom, CA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Negotiating a foreign country didn't seem quite that hard with the tips and guidance provided by the travel kit and personalized by our tour manager, Laurel. The hotels were well located and upscale enough so that we knew we weren't kids backpacking our way through Europe. We wouldn't have ended up in Castlerotto, or Lauterbrunnen if we had been planning this trip on our own and they were both outstanding locations. Overall, outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"These people have been living and working the land for a thousand years and still have left it livable and pristine -- very unlike the American use-it-all-up-and-pave-it-over sort of way. Their use of the land was both economic and esthetic. It was special to run across these restaurant huts in the middle of a hike and have a cold beer and brats. The scenery rivals or exceeds the best of what North America has to offer."

David

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. The "my way" tour was the right choice for us, we loved the idea of not driving all those miles and having accomadations all set. The freedom to do as we pleased was awesome. The limited number of people on the tour made for some great new friendships that probably would not be possible with a full bus. The destinations were just fabulous and the weather cooperated beautifully. All in all, very satisfied.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm a person that enjoys the whole experience and have a difficult time choosing only one "WOW" moment. There were many."

Elisa

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great way to experience the Alps. With transportation and lodging provided, we could focus on fun. With Laurel's excellent suggestions for hiking trails (and for dinner options as well), we were ready to explore each incredibly beautiful area. Bus days with our capable and friendly driver Andre, were great for relaxation with plenty of room and frequent stops. Nice tour members was a plus. The trip beat expectations in all categories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view above Hallstatt was my "wow" moment until we hiked in the Alpe di Siusi with jagged peaks, ringing cowbells and friendly horses with nice restaurants (huts??) along the way. And then there was the Lauterbrunnen Valley which is absolutely magical. So green with waterfalls cascading on each side and magnificent mountains and charming villages above. Paragliding in Chamonix made me say "wow" over and over again. There were many "wow" moments."

Christopher

Los Alamitos, CA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all that it was billed to be. the tour, taking care of transportation and hotels, took the stress out of that part of traveling. Really enjoyed the tour on our own and not be tied down to a schedule. I would have like to have stayed a bit longer in some places but understand to see all we did, it was necessary to move on to the next place. Would be open to another My Way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aiguille du Midi was the Wow moment but the most memorable was Enjoying a delicious lunch with a glass of wine on a sunny day at the refuge at Plan de L'aiguille with the glacier and snow covered mountains above, the valley below while watching paragliders sailing by as well as the occasional base jumper."

Tom

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed ourselves very much. The personalized and knowledgeable help we received from our tour manager was an unexpected bonus. She also fostered a relaxed and friendly community which made traveling on the bus more fun than I anticipated it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was spectacular; a great final stop."

Peggy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the My Way format for this locale. Our goal was to hike in the Alps, and this tour allowed us to select a day hikes that fit our abilities. We were not pushed beyond our limits or slowed down by others. Laurel was a fantastic tour manager, hotels were charming, and group members were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite? Too hard to pick so I will offer the following list: Hiking in the Dolomites/Alpe di Siusi and having lunch at a hut with other tour members. Hiking in Lauterbrunnen and lunch with a view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Seeing Mont Blanc after hearing about it for 50+ years."

Allison

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and it completely surpassed all my expectations. I have to toot my own horn for picking the perfect part of Europe to visit. The combination of the perfect area, weather, Dan the Man and the other tour members has me still giddy after several weeks on the other side. Although I'm already looking for my next trip, I know nothing will ever amount to my amazing experience in the alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TOO MANY TO COUNT! I absolutely loved the Alpe de Suisi (favorite stop) - everything from the town and the hotel to the amazing mountains and hiking trails. I also enjoyed Switzerland (understatement of the century) - particularly from the North Face Trail. After a 25 mile hike in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, I found a a stream to soak my feet in and was able to watch the base jumpers for awhile soaking in the beauty of my surroundings - that was pretty wow."

Susan

Chelan, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the locations we visited and the variety of activity options available. There wasn't enough time to do all that we wanted !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having good weather and choosing to take the train up to "Jungrau" in Switzerland. Walking out at the "Top of Europe" was spectacular!"

Mary

Mill Valley, CA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Since my husband and I have always travelled independently, we had some apprehension about signing up for group travel. But having seen several of Rick Steves' shows and the My Way Alpine Tour itinerary, we took a leap of faith. I'm glad we did! It was an unforgettable, jaw-dropping journey that I doubt we could have ever put together on our own. Dan Swenson's insight and guidance was outstanding, and we enjoyed running into our fellow travelers on the trails and around the towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were countless "WOWs"! Best I can do is narrow it down to these breathtaking moments: First, having a glass of wine with my husband on the balcony of our hotel room in the romantic village of Hallstatt, with a heavenly 180º view of Hallstätter See. Second, seeing the enchanting Lauterbrunnen Valley, either coming down from Wengen on the cog wheel train or from the bench perched on the Murren hillside. A real-life Shangri-La!"

Edwin

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great way to experience the Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No wow moments but lots of awesome unforgettable sights."

Michael

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

my wife and I were a little apprehensive in joining Rick Steve's tour because this was our first tour with Rick Steves and didn't know what to expect. But after the first meeting with Dan and fellow tour members, we were delighted. Dan was a very knowledgeable and helpful tour guide, providing us with plenty of options and suggestions for each tour day, and chocolates through out the tour. Best of all, Dan was very pleasant and funny. Our tour members were an awesome group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"having a beer in Gimmelwald with my wife and admiring Jungfrau in the near distance, and watching a BASE jumper flew by."

Carol

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are independent travelers and could have planned this trip with much effort and great stress. But we would gave missed all the fun... the friendship and sharing of stories and meals with our fellow travelers, Dan's chocolate, knowledge and leadership on a few of his favorite hikes and Albert's expert driving skills that made us feel safe at all times. Another My-Way Tour is definitely in our future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I knew Salzburg would be charming and Hallstatt and Chamonix would have me saying Wow. They did not disappoint. But what surprised me most was the beautiful scenery on the ride through the Dolomites and again on the way to Wengen. Wow could be heard throughout the bus. We also loved watching the paragliders near St. Valentine's church, a short walk from Castelrotto."

Dennis

Chelan, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour in spite of missing first day due to airplane connection problems. Right mix of destinations and time spent at each. Good advice from the tour manager/guide. Dedicated bus and driver were a definite advantage in keeping a tight schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Italian Alps aka the Dolomites were my favorite destination."

Kristina

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Even though my sister and I are not hikers, we enjoyed the travel and experiences with this hardy group of men and women!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the Alps in Chamonix."

Joe

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and we were anxious about the logistics and the culture and language. Knowing our lodging, transportation and breakfast was included was a big relief. Then after we met Dan at our first meeting we knew we were in good and experienced hands. We consulted with Dan daily to confirm our plans for the day and were always challenged and never disappointed. Loved the hiking along with the mix of culture and history. Also came back I better physical shape!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me I cannot pick one, the top 3 were Hallstatt, Alp di Siusi, and the Lauterbrunnen Valley, each was a wow moment for me. The views, the hiking experience, the out of the way, but amazing places to eat and enjoy a beer. I am not sure you can capture these things in a photo or video, you just had to experience it and it will be a memory for us forever."

Julie

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was everything we had hoped for and more! The Alps were breathtakingly beautiful, and each of the towns we visited had something unique to offer. We had wondered about spending so much time on the bus, but the scenery was so stunning that it was all part of what made the experience so fantastic. We had a great group of fellow travelers, and part of the fun of the trip was running into new friends while hiking or wandering through town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were daily "wow" moments! But our two favorite days were the day we hiked in the Alpe di Siusi and the day we hiked in Switzerland. Between the stunning mountain peaks, the meadows, the cows with their bells, and the gorgeous weather--those days were heaven on earth! We would have loved to have more time in both places!"

Cynthia

Herndon, VA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were skeptical about going on a tour. The "My Way" Tour was a perfect fit for us. Dan Swenson did a wonderful job of striking a perfect balance. Dan was extremely helpful, and very knowledgable about the areas we visited. I would definitely go on another My Way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyplace we went was stunning. We loved the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-aletsch region it was wonderful to have a picnic lunch while gazing at those gorgeous mountains!"

Geraldine

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end I journeyed with friends. The warmth and good cheer of fellow travelers was apparent from the introductory meeting. The weather was outstanding, and our tour escort was focused on each individual's successful experience. Any anticipatory jitters were gone after Day 1. The locations of the hotels in the small villages were perfect. The alps were stunning. Thank you, Rick Steves' and staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of Salzburg, the charm of Hallstatt, the majesty of the Dolomites, the grandeur of the castles, the ascent to the Schiltorn, and the enchantment of Chamonix all rated a WOW."

James

Payson, AZ

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. I loved the fact that we traveled in a group on a spacious bus with a great driver and experienced tour guide. Having a place to stay that was all set up and breakfast provided was a great start to each day. My Way tours definitely seems the way to go for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most amazing and beautiful mountain views were along the Trail of the Witches hike in Alpe di Suisi area. We loved the expansive meadows with the Dolomites in the immediate and distant background. The cows with bells, sheep and the majestic horses on the meadows were a treat to anticipate around every corner. A bonus experience while eating with a group (including Laurel) in an outdoor cafe was a marching band in full Alps garb with town following behind went right by our cafe."

Mona

Hooksett, NH

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves Tour, second My Way,and it was fantastic! The places we visited, the group of fellow travelers, the manager, Laurel, could not have been better. Even the weather cooperated, blue sky everywhere. I only wish I had an extra day in Chamonix, there was so much to do and see there. We, the group, had so much fun together on the bus and off. Laurel went out of her way to be helpful and she made us laugh a lot. I am already planning my next MY Way Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but I will mention three: The hike from hut to hut in the Dolomite was full of "wows". Then in the Swiss Alps,Rick's favorite hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg in the morning and the hike from Murren to Gimmelwald in the Afternoon. The third, but not least, the gondola ride from Aiguille du Midi over the glacier to Helbronner,Italy. That was "wow" "wow"!"

Cathy

Ardmore, PA

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a picture-perfect tour (Aug 29-Sept 9,2016). Only on our long travel day did it rain and the next day was another perfect day. How did Laurel do that? This was our sixth RS tour, but our first 'My Way' and it is absolutely the best (maybe the perfect) tour for a 'My Way' experience. We started at a lower altitude and gradually (2 days at a time) moved to higher altitudes. I am still pinching myself to believe we hiked every day except one for multiple hours and feel great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, Italy was the best, no question. Utzi, the Iceman and the Dolomites hike so-far-exceeded my expectations, it is hard to put into words. And these were the things I most wanted to do. I know now that The Sound of Music is the sound of all different cow bells echoing through the mountains."

Mary

Evansville, IN

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all we expected and more. Well, coordinated, well planned and totally enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal favorite was the Sound of Music tour. The scenery on the whole tour was so very beautiful. The mountains were awesome."

Scott

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd My Way Tour, the previous My Way Italy was great, the My Way Alpine tour exceeded my expectations. The open schedule each day worked well for me. The beautiful Alpine locations, great weather, great hikes, the wonderful tour members along with our tour manager Laurel made all the difference for this single traveler. Great hotel locations made sightseeing easy, with great food and drinks nearby. The Alpine tour guide book allowed me to create my own daily schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments. Steingasse Pub Crawl, meals at Humboldt Stubn, drinks at Mentors. Halstatt lake views. Alpe Di Siusi Schlern mountain hike to Monte Pez. Zugspitze beer garden. Schloss Brauhaus by the Castles, Thai food, and Latin dancing all night in Fussen Germany! Lauterbrunnen! Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg hike, Eiger views, Gimmelwald and Murren hikes, Shilthorn lift into the clouds, Piz Gloria restaurant views, Bond exhibit, and valley walk. Helbronner gondola ride. Great tour members!"

Jeffrey

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first trip to Europe. The tour was outstanding in the selection of stops. The tour was well managed and the timing of travel was very accurate. I felt that the experience was unforgettable and I would love to do it again but there are many more places to visit. The food in austria and Germany was very heavy on the cured meats, cheese, and bread. Breakfasts were always the same no matter where we were with very little variation. I'm not used to sausage and cheese for breasfast!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having three wingsuit flyers go right overhead in Chamonix!"

Linda

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated the organization along with the freedom to do what we wanted.... A perfect balance! The location of the hotels allowed access to everything without the need for transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do I choose from so many? The night view of the lite waterfall from our hotel room in Lauderbrunnan was breathtaking! The music from the cow bells while hiking the Dolomites brought tears to my eyes... Our first meal in France... The gondola ride between France and Italy OMG... Speechless :)!"

Jenny

Milford, OH

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The My Way Alpine Europe was a great trip hitting the best of the best areas for hiking and offering a different taste of the Alps at each stop. The hotels were conveniently located and allowed for easy access to transportation and hiking. The itinerary took us out of the cities (except for our first stop in Salzburg) and into the smaller, less congested towns where we could appreciate the grandeur of the Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mount Blanc panorama gondola ride from Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner Italy - the views of Mont Blanc were exquisite! The scenery was spectacular and we didn't want the ride to end."

Doug

Milford, OH

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip, great weather, great organization by Laural, good hotels except Salzburg/Hotel Hofritiz.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kastruth/Alpi di Siusi."

Renee

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Alpine tour is perfect for people who want to see some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. This itinerary combines culture, nature and experience to provide a memorable vacation experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had dreamed of hiking in pristine, flowering alpine meadows, on a cool sunshine day, with panoramic mountain views and loveable cows with bells. These elements came together in Lauterbrunner, when we hiked under the towering Eiger north face. When we got off the train and saw low-hanging clouds rolling over my dream landscape, we set off on our hike and that was my wow moment!"

Martha

Payson, AZ

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Travelling with this like minded group of people was wonderful. Although it was a My Way tour, we ended up doing a fair amount together, or bumping into each other and chatting or having a meal together. It was like bringing along part of your family or hometown with you, but still we were open to meeting new folks and talking to the natives. It was also fun trying to get along in the native languages - German and French, even a little Italian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Dolomites. We did the Trail of the Witches, which was NOT easy. It was gorgeous and breathtaking. But it was long and hard. I think Rick is some kind of super-hiker, if he describes it as easy. I think he is 60 or 61 if my math is correct. I am 59, and not in as good shape as him, but man, It took a lot out of me. But it was still the BEST day!"

Dale

Kent, WA

Tour: 08/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is hard to find ways to improve this tour because it was so great. Laurel was a big reason for that, I think we all loved her. She asked for an evaluation half way thru and the only think I could think of was a better map of our bus journey so she was careful to make sure I saw the detailed map. I also found someone on the tour who shared the less detailed Rick Steves map. I wish I had bought that at your store. I just got started and ran out of room.??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day hiking the Lauterbrunnen Valley. I was alone and spent the day with Mona, a very nice lady. She had been there before and wanted to do a lot so we got an early start and rode up to Kliene Scheldegg, did a little hiking then in the afternoon we did the other side of the valley, Murren and Gimmelwald. This is where I would like to come back."

Bert

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 08/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great Tour with great people, including the Tour Manager, Andrew. The weather was literally perfect -- sunny every day at the scheduled cities on the tour; hence, access to all mountain activities were available at each location. Example, in Bolzano it was 33°C (90°F) and in Chamonix it was sunny, clear and 79°F. The Hotels overall were also very good overall, though the room we got in Chamonix was quite small but the hotel was perfectly located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eagle's Nest Historical Tour of Hitler's Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) above Berchtesgaden (perfect weather) along with the tour of the Nazis' Obersalzberg Complex, underground bunkers et cetera. Also, taking Gondolas and the train to visit The Schilthorn above Murren (beautifully clear day) and the Sky View Platform - great view. And finally, the gondolas trip to Aiguille Du Midi and the Panoramic Mont Blanc trip over the glaciers -- again perfect weather -- in Chamonix."

Christie

Avon, IL

Tour: 08/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide, Andrew, was wonderful with all the information.The hotels were more than what we had expected. The staff was friendly and helpful. I liked the ideas of the free transportation tickets at the hotels. It made it easy to get around the cities. We had wonderful people on the tour with us. They were always on time and fun to be with in the evenings and on the hikes. The bus driver was an outstanding driver. Not sure how she could drive on the narrow roads. I always felt safe .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "WOW" trip on the cable cars. The view is something I will always remember."

Enoch

Eden Prairie, MN

Tour: 08/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As it turned out, our Rick Steves My Way Alpine Europe in 12 Days Tour was the Trip Of A Lifetime for my wife and I. The beauty and history of Salzburg, the landscape scenery - especially the sheer majesty and power of the mountains, the ambience of the quaint villages, hearing the the cow bells ringing out in the dense fog as you are walking along a mountain trail, and the opportunity to see the entire range of the Alps in 5 different countries is an experience we will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The AWESOME group of people on our tour - not only do we consider them all our friends, but we plan on keeping in touch and getting together with them as we travel around the U.S,; hiking through some of the most beautiful landscape scenery in the World; the beauty and quaintness of Hallstatt; the green Alpine Valleys in the Dolomites; the cows; the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen Valley; seeing the top of Europe - Jungfrau; and the WOW cable car ride across the glacier field at Mont Blanc."

Timmie

Avon, IL

Tour: 08/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrew was a guide who is knowledge about everything. Enjoyed the information and being able to go and do when I wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "WOW" cable car experience. Great hiking is all the areas. Rick Steves book is great to have before and on the trip."

Bob

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my sixth Rick Steves tour and my first MyWay tour. I think the regular tour format is better most of the time, but clearly the MyWay format is the optimal choice for the alps. Not only that, someone at Rick Steves was clearly in communication with God and arranged ideal weather for this tour. Except for the hotels the tour exceeded my wildest expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each stop after Salzburg was super great in it's own way. The place I'd most likely return to is the Swiss alps because there's so much to do and we only touched the surface. But the 'WOW' moment is Mt. Blanc and the Heilbronner lift [INVALID] especially considering what happened almost exactly a week after we were there [INVALID] and our hike down from midway."

Susan

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 08/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoy the "My Way" tours, it really allows us to have the flexibility to do what we want as we want to do it and removes our need to plan for accommodations and transportation. When on this tour, it is always special to run into other new friends from our group during our day and sit down for a drink or dinner and visit over our daily adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one. Taking the panoramic gondola ride in Chamonix was definitely a "wow", especially when, after returning home, we learn of the people who ended up spending the night on the gondola! Brrrrr. But Chamonix was not my favorite place. I especially enjoyed hiking in both the Lauterbrunen (sp? and Alpes de Suiss area of the dolomites. Those places are really special and I only wish we had another day in both places."

Thomas

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 08/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall outstanding experience but this trip is totally weather dependent and we had great weather every day. The rating would have been much lower if it had rained every day. There are virtually no rainy day options. Hiking in the rain would be no fun and there would be no Alpine scenic vistas which is the purpose of the whole trip. Everything within Rick Steve's control was great and fortunately the weather was too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had a wow factor and the trip was staged perfectly. It kept getting better and better. Just when you thought nothing can top this the next day was better. Alpe di Suisi followed by Lauterbrunnen Valley followed by Mont Blanc. Stop the madness!"

Judy

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 08/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour, but our first "My Way" tour and it was perfect for us. It allowed us to set our own pace and follow our own interests but still gave us an absolutely wonderful group of fellow travelers to interact with and to swap stories with - and ours was a really diverse group in age and background but was a very inclusive group and welcoming to everyone. Alpine Europe was so beautiful, and we were blessed with perfect weather. The itinerary was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved everything about Hallstadt, from the lake and the swans, to the views from above the village, to our beautiful hotel with its balcony overlooking the town square (where early in the morning I witnessed a young Chinese couple in full bridal regalia taking wedding pictures of themselves with a selfie stick). My other "wow" moment was not a single moment but was simply the awe I felt every time I was overwhelmed by the ageless beauty and majesty of the Alps themselves."

Norma

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was outstanding. We had a great tour director, a very fine bus driver, and a breathtaking itinerary. I loved the opportunity to hike in some of the most beautiful places in the world. My fellow travelers were a really nice and compatible group. There were several places that I really wanted more of, but I guess that is for another trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to name two "wow" moments. The first was the gondola lift to Aiguille du Midi and the small panoramic gondola to Helbronner. We took the first lift and were up there for the sunrise. The view from du Midi is too breathtaking to describe in words, and the views from gondola to Helbronner are even more spectacular. My other "wow" moment was paragliding - a thrilling and exciting experience."

Janet

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never traveled with a tour before and were especially drawn to the My Way tour because of the perfect balance of togetherness and autonomy. Everything was so well-planned: the bus trips, the love and interesting hotels, the information provided for each stop. (I think the only thing that might have been better would be an additional day in some locations because there was so much to see and experience.) The total experience was fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding over Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland!"

June

Galesville, WI

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have used Rick Steve's Italy to plan trips on my own twice before and everything turned out wonderfully. This time my companions and I decided to let go of the stress of finding the right train and track and bus and try a My Way Tour. We were more than satisfied with our decision. Our bus driver, Albert, was personable and an awesome driver on those mountain "roads". Our hotels were charming and the breakfasts were almost over the top in places:)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"sitting on my balcony in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, listening to beautiful white noise and realizing it was the sum of all the huge waterfalls cascading into the valley (no traffic sounds) looking up from my outdoor restaurant in Chamonix, France, to find Mont Blanc hovering over me and shining in the setting sun standing at the top of the Zugspitze, looking at a vista that went on forever and realizing that I was at the highest point in Germany listening to zenlike jingle of cowbells"

Carol

Centennial, CO

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience on the Alpine My Way Tour. The hotels we stayed in exceeded our expectations. The schedule was well paced, spending two nights in all locations except one. This schedule gave us time in the afternoon on our day of arrival to have a brief orientation tour and time to do at least one activity such as visit a museum or take a hike, or visit a waterfall. And it allowed us to plan our next day's activities of choice. our guide was great! Bus transportation great also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was paragliding in Chamomix, France! For my husband ( and myself) our early morning gondola ride across the glacier and by the rugged peaks of Aiguille du Midi, was breathtaking!"

Bonnie

Boise, ID

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was a series of "wow" moments. The scenery is stunning the entire trip. I loved hiking in the Dolomites and hearing the cow bells - very storybook!"

Deborah

Clare, IL

Tour: 08/08/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip of a lifetime. Did not have to think about hotels & travel between destinations. Driver Albert was wonderful along with our guide,Andrew. If he did not know the answer to a guest question, he researched it & go back with whomever need to info. Great group of people to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost all the days were "wow" moments and each day just got better & better!!"

James

Eugene, OR

Tour: 07/25/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I don't give many things an "outstanding," "fine" fits my dour Nordic temperament better... this tour was much better than fine. Alas, Switzerland and the Alpine region is the very definition of tourism and it is very hard to get a sense of the area riding up and down lifts. Thanks to my wife's planning and Gretchen's support it was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have visited Switzerland before (hiking tour with Alpine Adventures) and the physical beauty of the Alpine region is hard to beat...it is all WOW. Perhaps the nude sauna at the Krystal Baths in Fussen, it was a WOW in that I was way outside my comfort zone but proved to be very enjoyable and normal."

William

Fair Lawn, NJ

Tour: 07/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't really type so these comments will be brief. It was the only conceivable way for a 72 year old NYC "hiker" to do The Alps. Since I am a lifelong fly fisherman, I do by necessity a little nature hiking as well. But I don't go out of my way to "hike". I prefer touring cities and museums walking up to 10 miles per day. That being said, the tour was as grand as advertised. Wonderful tour members and tour guide. And THE ALPS----a continuous WOW

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An eating moment Never being able to find it in Montreal or Paris, dining on calf's head (tete a veau)in Bolzano's Weisses Rossl (where I believe we were also offered horse to no takers)."

Mary

Richardson, TX

Tour: 07/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thought it was all wonderful! Gretchen, tour guide, was a huge help, very cheerful and knowledgeable ! Bus driver Albert was super! Enjoyed the group,and all cities//villages!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps- meadows with cows and their bells!!!"

William

Stony Brook, NY

Tour: 07/25/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Chamonix for Swiss Unification Day. There were singers and yodelers outside our hotel, and a parade along the street of the hotel followed by fireworks. All of this could be viewed while were were dining on the patio of our hotel. However, I did say "WOW it's cold", when I jumped into the lake in Hallstatt."

Ellen

Bloomington, IL

Tour: 07/25/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I felt like we got to see the best of the Alps in a relatively stress-free way, which is what we were looking for. Gretchen did a wonderful job of explaining things before we got there, and giving us updates on prices, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Lauterbrunen on Swiss Unification Day and having the singers perform in front of the hotel/restaurant, then watching the parade and the fireworks. I know it was rather serendipitous, but that was neat."

Erin

Bartlett, IL

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved the tour! There is not one thing that I would have changed. Laurel was great and really meshed well with our group. There were a lot of people in our tour that were interested in getting to the next destinations instead of taking more time on the travel days - Laurel and Peter adjusted the schedules so we could leave at 8am instead 8:30 or 9:00am. I really appreciated the time and effort they took in making our tour everything we wanted it to be. Every town was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost too many to choose from! Either that hike up to the Salt Mine in Hallstatt because the views were awesome or it was the suspension gondola ride we took in Chamonix from the Needle over to Italy."

Bob

Costa Mesa, CA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Traveling by bus, Peter being the driver, was a breeze. I'm still a bit indecisive about taking a tour, or planing the entire trip ourselves. This is our first tour in Europe, so I've been accustomed to researching all the places, and the things to do there. We've used Rick Steve's, european countries tour books as a reference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did like the camaraderie of the trip. We've never been to Europe where everywhere we go, we see someone we know. What I like about it is the ability to share experiences, places to visit, and good places to eat food."

Jamison

Boulder, CO

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very fun with a lot of great views, group members and tour guide were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paddle boarding across lake Hallstatt to see the city from the water."

Debra

Bothell, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was our first Rick Steve's Tour. The My Way was perfert for us. The flexibility to pick our activities was key for us while letting someone handle transportation and logding. We had excellent tour guide in Laurel and our bus driver Peter was also great! We like that we got to see so many different alpine regions. We would encourage adding another night to Lauterbrunnen Valley. We added time to trip so we got more time in Salzburg and Chamonix. The other travelers made it fun too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Hiking and Panoramic Mt Blanc cable car in Chamonix; eating lunch at Refuge Plan de L'Aiguille. Wildflowers and vistas on our hikes. Hiking in Alpe di Siusi & "thrill walk" at Birg, hiking on west side of Lauterbrunnen Valley. Tegelberg luge in near Fussen, views from Hallstatt hotel room & eating pastries and sweets."

Tracy

Everett, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the "my way" part of our tour. It was great to have all the hotels and transportation worked out and still be able to do our own individual thing. The help from our tour manager was also great! Additionally, we ended making great friends and enjoyed running into others from our group as hiked the Alps! We had a fabulous time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments, but my favorite was lunch at hut #9 - hanging on the side of a cliff below the cable car station in Chamonix. Absolutely beautiful and great food and wine, too!"

Rich

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is an ideal fit with the "un-guided" My Way concept. Our driver and tour manager worked to get us to each destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. The guidebook gave us plenty of information to help us prioritize activities at each location, and then "guide" us through them. Our fellow tour members were friendly but also happy to fan out at each destination to enjoy the hikes, bike rides and other things they wanted to focus on individually.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hikes we did on this tour had to be some of the very best in Europe. But my favorite "wow" occurred every morning when I stumbled downstairs for breakfast. From start to finish, this tour's hotels put out lavish, healthy breakfast spreads like I've never seen before: strong coffee, yogurt, granola, meat, cheese, eggs, pastries, fruit, honey, jam and more. It was a wonderful way to begin each day!"

Dane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had an excellent tour; sorry it had to come to the end. Very well-organized; reasonable distances between destinations so travel days not a burden. Many of the bus trips were quite pleasant given the spectacular scenery; very good driver. The hotels were good, each in their own way; none perfect, but they had character and good breakfasts. Don, our tour manager, was outstanding! Great guy, full of helpful, practical info. He always popped up at the right time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm having trouble coming up with a single moment. The mountain areas (Dolomites, Swiss Alps, and around Chamonix) are all in competition. Maybe it was the view out our hotel window in Lauterbrunnen with 13,000' peaks and a spectacular waterfall right there. I also thought the descent from Brenner Pass down to Bolzano was a feast for the eyes. Hard to pick a single thing; lots of good stuff!"

Frank

Granville, OH

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great: beautiful, fun, active, cultural, and surprising. It was a great balance of independence and guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt, for sheer beauty. The view of the lake from Gruner Bom Hotel only enhanced the experienced. The village is a stunner."

Sarah

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful guide, helpful and skilled bus driver and a great group of people. Al the transfers and timing worked seamlessly. My way was perfect for us -- we enjoyed every location we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views in the Dolomites - Alpe d' Suisi and the incredible views in Lauterbrunnen are at the top of the list."

Susan

Winooski, VT

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salt mine tour, hiking near Bolzano."

Lisa

Berea, KY

Tour: 07/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was wonderful - great for the whole family! Thanks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my 3 nieces experience Europe for the first time."

Arthur

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 07/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip was a 50th. wedding celebration with our two daughters,three granddaughters and son-in-law. We had a fabulous time!!! Rick and Trish were wonderful,especially with the kids. Still can see Rick kicking a soccer ball around a rest stop parking lot with one granddaughter. This is a well designed trip, wonderful bus and driver, great scenery, lots to do, good hotels, and a great group. Many THANKS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! The Alps are spectacular. Wonderful hikes, and gondola and train rides. Very much enjoyed the local history and castles. Ice cave in Chamonix was a highlight. Luge ride was definitely a "wow" moment!"

Ming

Princeton, NJ

Tour: 07/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first Rick Steves tour. Luckily we have Rick Steves himself as our tour manager so the whole trip is just magnificent and full of excitements. I like nature and photography so this My Way Alpine tour is really my dream trip. The picturesque scenery and well guided tour made me excited the whole trip. All the hotels are conveniently located and most of them are either charming or with their own characters, the suggested itineraries are excellent and the pace is just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The suspension bridge and the old castle. The suspension bridge is so thrilling and unbelievable. The old castle turned into a mysterious historic site by the magic light of dusk. 2. Schilthorn above the clouds. 3. Ballenberg. The live museum is just amazing and very photogenic. 4. Aiguille du Midi and Chamonix even the weather was not ideal. 5. Dolomites. Beautiful mountains and meadows ."

Leslie

Poway, CA

Tour: 07/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family of four immensely enjoyed our My Way tour. The scenery was amazing (altho just OK in Lauterbrunnen and Chamiomix, where it rained). Touring by bus was enjoyable and relaxing, with a lot of scenery outside. Timely breaks at small towns and rest stops to stretch and look around. Having the lodging and transportation arranged for us freed us up to focus on sightseeing and activities. Our 2 tour managers, Rick and Trish, were so nice and helpful and were a lot of fun to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Other than seeing Rick Steves at the hotel desk prior to our first tour gathering - the visit to the "Fortress World Ehrenburg" stands out as the biggest Wow. Rick and his friend Armand led a visit to some hilltop castle ruins connected by a long suspension bridge. Plus a fun museum tour. Heard interesting stories about the castles and related battles. Topped off by group pictures and tasting of local beers, which Rick personally carried up the hill."

Susan

Westerville, OH

Tour: 07/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This vacation was the trip of a lifetime! Beginning with the unexpected surprise of Rick as our tour manager, each day held thrilling adventures and surprises. The itinerary was perfect, the hotels were excellent and towns we visited were stunning. We received expert guidance as to activities in each location. The tour group could not have been better. We all felt like family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were unbelievable wow moments everyday. There were two top ones, though. In Lauterbrunnen we took a chance on a rainy day and went up to the top of Schiltorn. We were thrilled as the cable car emerged from the clouds near the top, and we were blessed with simply stunning views of the panorama at the top. The second was the Highline 179 suspension bridge. Crossing that bridge was an unbelievable experience, and meeting Armin and seeing Ehrenberg was absolutely amazing."

Andy

Poway, CA

Tour: 07/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steve's Europe is an amazing program that creates a great experience for its guests. I have had previous experience with other tour groups who just bee-line from place to place, but Rick's tours have rest stops where we can explore on our own. Rather than dragging the whole group along a museum, the guests are free to explore themselves about the area. A truly great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all of the mountains."

Edward

Ocala, FL

Tour: 07/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour agenda was appealing. The tour experience was beyond expectations. With Rick leading us, we had a tour with expanded boundaries. The little added features and locales, which the "boss" was able to incorporate based on his personal experiences and likes, made this a tour which would be difficult to match. The castles, the luge, the tour with Armin, Rick's personal insights, Trish's added dimension all made this, for me, impossible to top.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible question. My only other trip to Europe was to Paris for 10 days, so I was not really prepared for this experience. So my "wows" are in no special order other than chronological: Rick showing up as our guide. The historic old town of Salzburg. The beauty and quaintness of Hallstatt. The scenic wonder of Alpi di Suisi. The special tour with Armin. The Lauterbrunnen Valley with its waterfalls and mountains. Chamonix with its small town flavor and exceptional scenery."

David

Severna Park, MD

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good selection of stops and hotels. Advice about restaurants and activities was very good. Don did a good job and knew the tour details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the hikes and I wouldn't want to select a favorite. Probably Lautenbrenner was the leader."

Jordyn

Centre, AL

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the breathtaking scenery to the awesome tour members to the wonderful tour guide (Don), I recommend "My Way Alpine" wholeheartedly. As someone who has now been on both a fully guided and a My Way tour, I KNOW that the "My Way" is the way to go! While I truly enjoyed my fully guided tour, there was something even better about planning each day yourself and using local transportation, etc. Please make more "My Way" tours! I'll take them all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you pick?! I loved all the "Sound of Music" sights in Salzburg. I adored renting a dirndl in Hallstatt which led to tourists thinking I was a local and asking for pictures. Hiking in the Dolomites was absolutely perfect (and I am not usually someone who enjoys hikes!). The tour was a "wow" from start to finish."

Jeanne

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the cost and independence of the My Way tour, but Don was so interesting and the other tour members, too, that I almost wanted it to be fully guided ... Wanting to have my cake and eat it, too.?? I have to give a shoutout to our driver Yosha as well as to Don.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the hotel lakeside terrace in Hallstatt, just soaking up the Alps and the Alpine scene for the first time with my eyes and other senses."

Anne

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful tour! The only thing wrong was that it ended too soon. Great destinations, a wonderful tour group, great tour manager.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was visiting the Otzi Museum in Bolzano. What a fabulous museum! There was a "wow" moment at each place we visited, though. Each was different, and all were fabulous."

Susan

Olney, MD

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was nice to be part of a group, and yet be able to do our own thing each day. Not having to worry about hotels and travel between locations was wonderful, and having someone to answer questions was very helpful. Having a group gathering to learn each others' names was vital to the group dynamic - I recommend that be done the first night. We did gather the first night, but more for info. It was nice to finish up with an optional dinner gathering the last evening also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was any fantastic view of the Alps. My favorite hike was the Trail of Witches while in Alpe di Siusi. My favorite cultural thing was the marionette show in Salzburg. Other highlights: the luge ride while on Bob's Sound of Music tour, the view from Honensalzburg Fortress, short hike and view at top of Hallstatt funicular, small park and view from Castelrotto Stroll, castles - particularly Linderhof (rented car in Fussen), (challenging) Northface trail past Sprutz Falls."

Kathleen

West Bloomfield, MI

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was interested in this tour because of the many hiking opportunities in the Alps, particularly Chamonix. I've always wanted to visit Chamonix. And I was not disappointed. The mountain scenery was stunning and spectacular. Hotels were very nice and transportation went smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After hiking the North Face, we had lunch at a restaurant in Murren sitting on the outside deck with the Jungfrau in the background."

Yasuhiko

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very fortunate with the weather and we hiked many places in sunny weather. My wife and I love hiking. Hiking in Europe had been our dream. This tour was ideal because we could sample some of great hiking regions in European Alps. We especially liked Chamonix, its French flavor, beautiful mountains, and extensive cable car system. We liked Lauterbrunnen and Castelrotto. But we did not have enough time to explore many hiking trails in the regions. We need to revisit them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from Aiguille du Midi was fantastic. It is at 12900 feet above sea level, the highest elevation I have ever been except for flying in airplane. The sky was clear and we could see many mountains near and far away."

Elizabeth

Arlington, VA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My mother, son and I took this trip together and we so enjoyed spending time together while getting a great overview of these beautiful regions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the alpine meadows above Lauterbrunnen; stopping for lunch at a hut, with a showstopping view."

Patricia

Germantown, MD

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall this tour was just what we were hoping for. We loved being able to do what we wanted when we got to each place. All of the people on the tour were friendly and very pleasant to be with. We appreciated the help that Dan, our guide, gave us at each place so we had a plan that worked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick only one wow moment. It was wonderful overcoming my fear of going up in a gondola, cable car and chair lift. I ended up enjoying being up where you could see so much! I loved the Alpine meadow of Alpe di Siusi. It was so peaceful and beautiful! I also loved the hike we took between Grutschalp and Murren."

Arlene

Sandy Springs, GA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I really think the tour was well planned by your company and executed so that all the participants could participate in many activities in each city. The selection of cities on tour was really great. The hotels on the front end were more upscale than the backend, but I'm sure you realize that. The breakfasts in each hotel complimented the individual hotel. Andres, our bus driver, became part of our tour family!! And Dan was both informative and personal as well as professional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being Catholic, I loved the magnificence of all the churches in each town as well as the whole concept of the Church being the center point around which the entire town was built."

John

Sandy Springs, GA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was one that will be treasured in that my wife and myself were able to view sites that we would not have been able to do without the tour. Going to Austria & Switzerland was a hope for the past 40 years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beauty of what God has [INVALID]d in European Alps. Viewing the combination of green shaded lakes, flowery plains, snow covered mountains, even in summer, and waterfalls was inspiring & wholesome."

Joseph

Sherman Oaks, CA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was excellent. The "My Way" tour was just that, it allowed us to tailor the tour in a way that would suit our interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The room in Hallstatt. The panoramic lakeside view from large patio off of the bedroom was amazing."

Audrey

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

1. would like for at least 1 more day in Dolomites, and Lauterbrunnen. As tour ends in chamonix, we can stay longer there on our own. Extra day may give us more chance of encountering better weather for hiking. I would have skipped Fussen to spend more time in Alps, as this is an Alps tour. 2. why doesn't tour start in Vienna, instead of Salzburg, not sure what the great attraction is with Salzburg. Overall tour experience is good one, providing me access to explore Alps region.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Any moment hiking the Alps region is "wow", though experiencing the Helbronner gondola (especially having gondola all to myself) is up there as well."

Major

Oakland, CA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time; the tour was graced with a cohesive group of good people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular mini-gondola ride to Italy (Pointe Helbronner) from Mont Blanc, where the Alps seem endless."

William

Carpinteria, CA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was everything promised, well organized, travel & hotel logistics experience perfect, because Dan is the man! I have as a career done field trip logistic for over 15,000 fellow campers, so you have to believe when I say that Dan made it all come together and pulled us into a group working together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The geology of this region is spectacular I was amazed to see such amazing glacial features, faults, etc."

Joan

Carpinteria, CA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was outstanding! On previous trips my husband would drive while I would navigate. It was so relaxing to sit back and enjoy the scenery while Andre drove. During the bus ride, our guide, Dan, would give information about the country and towns we would visit. He shared his wealth of information. I was impressed with his grasp of each country's customs and his foreign language skills. Each morning he was available for advice on travel, hiking, and tour options.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Lauterbrunnen Valley! Everywhere we turned was a post card view!"

Rebecca

San Carlos, CA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Dan was a great travel manager. This was my first My Way Tour and I enjoy the concept. When the group does get together they have a lot of information to share because they have not all done the same activity. Each site was incredibly beautiful with many outdoor options.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the Lauterbrunnen Valley. My companion and I took a lift and walked to Murren. We took the gondola to Shilthorn and back. Had a wonderful lunch in Murren and then walked down to Gimmelwald. Beautiful mountains and great moderate hikes. It was my favorite day."

Sheryl Ann

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was a good tour and Dan made suggestions for activities for all age levels. This tour had 3 hotels where we had to carry our luggage for 15 minutes or more over cobblestone streets, up stairs and hills which made it difficult for me as I have arthritis in one knee. I will not attempt another Rick Steves tour. I was appreciative of other tour members that helped me with my luggage. I had packed a very minimal amount but still had trouble with 2 small pieces of carry on luggage.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castles at Fussin"

Mary Ellen

Orem, UT

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour through the Alps. Enjoyed hotels as well as locations and especially the people on the tour. The guide was awesome, making an effort with each person and able to adapt to each individual's desires.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen and the Jungfraujoch - so awesome to go hiking here!"

Ellen

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 06/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly what we wanted. We hiked, saw great scenery, tried lots of good food and met some nice people. There was just enough structure to make the trip comfortable.

Weather

Austria / Vienna


Germany / Munich


Italy / Milan


Switzerland / Bern

Pre-Tour Planning

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and France: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members arrange to fly into Salzburg (Munich and Vienna are alternatives with easy train connections) and out of Geneva ("multicity" on flight-booking websites), using airport shuttle bus service from Chamonix to Geneva. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

When you arrive in Salzburg, use the Alpine Europe tour guidebook to get oriented. (You can only purchase this guidebook as part of the My Way: Alpine Europe Tour Kit!) Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of German, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Walking tours make a great introduction to any town. Use the free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (or get free podcast/mp3 files), which include a Salzburg town walk.

Remember, you will be in charge of your own sightseeing for ALL destinations on this trip. We strongly suggest you begin planning well before you fly to Europe! To guarantee entrance, we recommend you make reservations in advance from home for Hitler's Eagle's Nest Historical Tour in Berchtesgaden and King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles in Bavaria. See the Alpine Europe tour guidebook for details on how to reserve.

Packing

This tour offers many great opportunities for hikes. We recommend you bring a pair of lightweight hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes with good traction. The weather can change suddenly in these Alpine regions, so pack a lightweight rain jacket. We also recommend bringing a smart phone, tablet, or other device to assist in planning your activities, and to access Rick's Audio Europe app.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.