• 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

2019

What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotels and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Salzburg to Chamonix
  • 11 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for tour manager and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (or get free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of sights, museums, and neighborhoods in Germany and Austria. Also includes Rick's radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • 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 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Costs not covered: As this is not a guided tour, you will be responsible for the cost of all your lunches, dinners, drinks, admissions, sightseeing, and non-group transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly. 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 Falls: a unique set of roaring waterfalls carved deep into the mountainside. Finish your Swiss adventures with the region's hot and hearty specialty, Rösti. No bus today.

Day 10: To the French Alps

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

Day 11: Aiguille du Midi Dreamin'

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

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  3. Be able to navigate 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

David

Maple Valley, WA

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people in the group and a good option of activities to choose from at each stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up to the top of Mt. Blanc in Chamonix."

Jill

Fishers, IN

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This group of people on the tour was amazing. We all got along, we were all early birds- so we were never waiting on that late person- we often ended up spontaniously dining together, or spending time doing the same outings together. The driver was fantastic, and Cynthia was super nice. I understand we were the first group to ever stay in Ortesei, Italy. I recommed you stay there again, however, a little more information about bus travel around the city, and to other towns should probably be don

Favorite "WOW" moment

"AOur accidental discovery that the cable cars ran on Wednesday nights only(the night we were there) in Ortesei, to Mount Sec. We watched the sunset on the Dolomites, and got to see them turn pink. (the Alpine-glow) It was breathtaking!"

Ken

Trout Lake, WA

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cynthia was great. The right amount of advice without over-advising. And by that, I mean that travel is about the good, the bad, the uncomfortable and the funny mistakes you make/situations you get in. She wasn't one to walk you by the hand to the train station, buy your tickets for you, make sure you get on the right train... Some of our best memories from this were the wrong trains we got on, the opposite directions we hiked, etc.!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was coming down from Mt. Blanc, the halfway point of the gondola ride. Up top was very crowded, but the midway point allowed for some hiking in the high alpine. And once I got away from the lift building, it was totally silent. Really nice morning, total solitude. And every high alpine mountain view setting we were in -- they were all WOW!"

Janette

Estero, FL

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful locations with options for both active and easier activities. Our tour group was fabulous; everyone was friendly & congenial. We were not just on time for bus departures, we were all early! Extremely crowded tourist attractions, gondolas, public transportation, with people shoving and jostling instead of waiting in line was stressful and disappointing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After Cynthia had advised us the Ortisei gondola was closed for the day, we discovered on our own it offered night hours on Wednesdays only. We took advantage of this, and the view of the sun setting on the Langkofel and Plattkofel mountains, with all of the Alpe de Suisse meadow below, was breathtaking. "

Laura

Santee, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the itinerary and the ease of getting from one location to the next. Also, not having to worry about hotel accommodations. The My Way Alpine Tour was all that I had hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three nights in The Lauterbrunnen Valley. Perfect weather in Alpe di Siusi and Aiguille du Midi."

Paul

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and efficient. Couldn't have asked for a better group to travel with. Gretchen was outstanding. Could have used a couple more days in the Dolomites, but more reason to return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Dolomites and not encountering any other English speaking hikers (especially American). Finally off the US grid...much needed. That and the weather."

Bob

Washington, NH

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extraordinary tour. We took our son and his family along which meant we were with 3 grand daughters we seldom see. We constituted 25% of the tour group. Great people. Awesome venues. Wonderful guide (Gretchen). the "my way" was made to order for our family as we could branch out each day and commit to what we'd like to do and/or were capable of doing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm a photographer, so having nice weather and being able to take one great shot after another all combined into a "wow moment.""

Pamela

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour (of any kind), so we looked forward to the freedom we would have during the day ( without having to worry about transportation.). That proved to be wonderful. But to my surprise, I enjoyed the socialization with other tour members very much. Gretchen, our leader, facilitated this so beautifully, never any pressure. She provided great guidance throughout the trip. The itinerary was great... beautiful locations, nice hotels, and the right amount of time at each stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondola up to Aguilli du Midi!"

Rita

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have now taken three Rick Steves' tours and this was another outstanding trip! My husband and I appreciated the freedom of the "My Way" tour. We enjoyed the fantastic people in our group, but didn't feel pressured to hang out with anyone, though we did choose to do so on many occasions. The Alpine locations were amazing! They look our breath away and we loved every minute/location of our tour. The order of the locations was great and we appreciated having three days in the Swiss Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, I have more than one, the whole trip consisted of many wow moments! Here are some of my favorite memories...riding the luge in Chamonix, the views from our room at Hotel Staubbach in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, hearing the cow bell choirs on our hikes, the glorious Mont Blanc, the Thrill Walk on the way down from the beautiful Schilthorn, yummy cheese fondue, and last but not least, the kind and considerate people in our group, including our tour manager."

Gordon

San Diego, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first group tour of any type, this My Way tour was ideal for seeing the Alps. We could be as active (or inactive) as we desired on any day. The flexibility and independence works well for this tour given varied ages and agility. Everything in the tour was as advertised, if not better - even the weather cooperated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very hard to pick just one, since this was our first trip to the Alps. But I still have a vivid image of the Lauterbrunnen Valley fresh in my mind - the view from our hotel was spectacular. The valley and the town were not overrun with summer tourists; lifts were readily accessible. Ideal for a visit at all heights!"

Catherine

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a good time in our My Way Alpine tour. Visiting the Swiss Alps has always been in my bucket list, but I was also pleasantly surprised by some of the other destinations the tour covered. We had done our favorite hikes at Lauterbrunnen, the Dolomites and Chamonix. And we loved the charming little town, Kastelruth. Overall, a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our walks at Lauterbrunnen. Riding gondolas and small trains between the little villages not accessible by cars. Walking from Grütscalp to Mürrem and Gimmelwald. Beautiful scenery of lush green hills and tiny villages below. Paths laced with with wildflowers and flowers from small local gardens. I never seen so many butterflies in nature! The route suggested in the tour book gave us a perfect day in paradise. Thanks, Rick Steve!"

Janice

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves and it was terrific! The Alpine Europe is especially well suited for the My Way approach, with the focus of many of us on enjoying the incredible natural surroundings - with different levels of physical exertion desired - more so than architectural or cultural experiences. It was also wonderful to be a part of a great group for many touch points, frequently running into tour colleagues who were interested in the same things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A dusk walk alone up the hill behind Castelrotto town and finding the guidebook cover iconic scene of the church steeple set against the Dolomites in the background. Several low key special encounters with locals and visitors. It's my new "go to your favorite place in your mind" spot. Utter peace, beauty and reflection."

Susan

Washington, NH

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the "trip of a lifetime" for the Hofstetter family (all 7 of us). Since our three generations live on two continents, we rarely get to spend 12 days together. The My Way Alpine Europe was the perfect opportunity for us to enjoy the incredible beauty of the Alps as a family group. The wealth of activities offered something for everyone from hiking to bowling and swimming, taking in an occasional museum and riding gondolas, chair lifts and trains to the top of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was our final family dinner, when we all realized and shared how the trip had given us precious relaxing time together without the trappings of work, chores, meetings, practices and all the routine activities that take us in a dozen different directions. For twelve days, we had come together to appreciate the beauty, food and culture of one of the most incredible parts of the world, and best of all - to do it together."

Victoria

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "My Way" tour and the amount of information and support was much more than we had expected. But we also had the freedom to be completely independent, and do the hikes we wanted. Gretchen was the perfect tour manager, providing options then leaving us to have fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting at the base of the Eiger after a great hike drinking a beer at a cafe. Can't get much better than that!"

Mary

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th tour but my first My Way tour. I really enjoyed the freedom of every day but with sound advice to plan on my own. As usual my fellow travelers were all wonderful people with a like minded travel style. Our manager Gretchen was terrific as well. The itinerary however, was the best part as it includes what I believe to be the most beautiful part of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many "wow" moments in terms of natural vistas. I think my favorite of many, was in Castelrotto, having dinner, outside at a restaurant in a meadow surrounded by the amazing peaks of the Dolomites with new friends from the tour."

Kailey

Redmond, WA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! Gretchen was more than helpful, she always knew where the best gelato was!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was up on Mont-Blanc. The views were incredible and it took my breath away."

Kevin

Granville, OH

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The my way option is great. The classic tour format works better for some tours but for the Alps and tours with a more nature focus, the my way was right on. You may think that we would have a less tight tour group but that was not the case - we all intermingled. Ruth Ann did a great job of giving us options and everyone seemed to have a great time. We would bump in to each other all the time and share stories over breakfast or dinner. We had a dinner with everyone at least once.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps and excellent weather provided the wow factor! The lightning burst off of the dolomites when we were eating dinner at the outdoor cafe was amazing! Everyone - including the cooks- came out to watch."

Virginia

Post Falls, ID

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the "My Way" tour concept. I've traveled independently and in fully guided tours, this is the best of both. Our bus driver was outstanding, conscientious and knowledgeable about the areas we visited, getting us to each destination safely. The ages in our group varied from teens to young adults, middle aged to seriously senior citizens, and all were troopers and delightful to be around. It was such fun to run into a "buddy" on a hiking trail, somewhere in town, or at a restaurant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments.... hiking down a cow trail from Murren with my daughters & granddaughter and watching them spin around in a field to "the hills are alive, with the sound of music" playing on a cell phone. Riding a chairlift to midway in the Dolomites, having lunch and watching the mama goats and their frolicking "kids." They even allowed us to pet and pick them up. There was an evening thunderstorm and magnificent double rainbow over the mountain that night."

Steve

Muscatine, IA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I like mountains, nature, hiking, and "alpine culture". This was the perfect trip to get a large dose of all those things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the trip was the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The views, hikes, mountains and surroundings were all incredible. I've always wanted to visit the Alps, and this location encapsulated all that I imagined they would be like."

Debbie

Muscatine, IA

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire experience was great! The hotels were all wonderful, the scenery and activities were amazing. Our guide was pleasant and helpful.

Kathryn

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our family chose the My Way tour because we didn't have the experience to plan logistics in Europe but we wanted flexibility with our agenda - this is important when traveling with teens! This format worked very well for us. We enjoyed meeting friends of all ages on our tour, and frequently crossed paths when we were out and about. The hotels were all charming, the bus was comfortable and our guide was helpful in providing tips and directions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the Aguille de Midi was breathtaking."

Mike

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible trip. The My Way tour was exactly what we wanted. Having been to several of the destinations on this trip in previous tours, we had the freedom to explore and experience sites that we did not have an opportunity to experience prior. The My Way Tour gave us the freedom to visit and explore on our own without being on a schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ascending up by cable car to Aiguille du Midi and experiencing the aw3 and wonder which is Mt Blanc and surrounding French Alps."

Danylle

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time and saw so many beautiful sights. I really enjoyed everything that we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my first time in Europe and my first time on a tour. I loved that I could do what I choose to do. My favorite place was Fussen. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been. I felt that I was walking through a fairy tale picture book."

Lynne

Ephrata, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been on three other RS guided tours. This time, I elected the My Way trip as my goal was to spend the majority of the trip hiking. The format of the trip gave me the freedom to complete this goal. The places we stayed were well within range of the hikes with lovely accommodations and breakfast. I especially appreciated our tour manager Gretchen. Her knowledge of the area helped to clarify the answers to all of our questions. In this area, she went above and beyond what was expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It most definitely was the hikes I took in the Dolomites and Lauterbrunnen. It was close to heaven with the snow capped mountains, fields of wildflowers, cow bells singing to me and fresh clean air and sky. If I were to return to Europe to hike, it would be just to these two areas. I wish we could have spent an extra day in each area. The evening concert in the Gold Hall of the Fortress in Salzburg was exquisite and memorable."

Mark

Ephrata, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was designed just right for my needs. Our tour manager was excellent and the transportation was comfortable. The hotels we stayed were clean, hospitable, and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and hiking in the alpine meadows."

Gayle

Asheville, NC

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thank you Rick Steves for creating this tour! It was the perfect way for my husband and I to experience the Alps. We loved the convenience of having our transportation, lodging, and basic tour information handled by you and our guide, Gretchen. And we loved the flexibility of being able to go where we wanted to go and do what we wanted and were able to do each day. Our goal was to walk and hike as much as possible in each of the locations we visited. It was a dream come true!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There could never be just one "wow" moment! The hikes we took provided the opportunity to stop, gawk, pinch ourselves, and wonder if we had really been transported into an IMAX movie in the Alps. Braving the gondolas to go into the Dolomites and to the top of the Schilthorn and the Aiguille du Midi was a personal achievement for me (I'm not a skiier or a person really comfortable in high places), but feeling like I was perched on top of the world stirred my soul and brought tears to my eyes."

Mark

Menlo Park, CA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though it was a planned tour, it felt like an adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were standing on top of four famous mountains, walking blind (and through) a waterfall at Lauterbrunnen, and ending pictures home to my friends who were equally "wowed.""

Judith

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great way to see 4 very distinct parts of the Alps and each was great in its own way. We were fortunate to have generally great weather which led to being able to take numerous hikes and see mountain peaks everywhere. THe hotels were all in great locations and the guidance from the book and from our tour manager allowed us to make the most of time in each location. For this trip, I think the My Way trip worked really well and allowed us all to be as active as we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the "wow" moments was sitting in the warm saltwater pool near Fussen, Germany at sunset and watching the light on the surrounding castles, mountains and fields. Then we biked back to town along the river in the evening light."

Douglas

Menlo Park, CA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was better than I expected, but that's because travel is hard for me. I'm a worrier and compulsively organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I told the tour group on the last night, my WOW moment came when I fell off the bus on to pavement and found to my relief that I had not broken any bones. A trip to the hospital would have ruined the day for the whole group."

Joy

Westport, MA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and we decided on a "My Way" tour. It turned out to be the perfect mix for us. Our tour guide, Gretchen, was very knowledgeable and informative about the areas that we visited and she was always willing to answer questions. We enjoyed meeting adventure-seeking, like-minded tour members. It was a well-organized tour that exceeded my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one "wow" moment, but taking the long gondola ride to the top of Aiguille du Midi was awesome. The views of the snowy alps and Mount Blanc were breathtaking. It felt like I was on top of Mount Everest. Also, the first night of the tour, we ate dinner on the top of a hotel restaurant that overlooked Salzburg, the views of the city were magnificent and I truly felt like I was in the "Sound of Music.""

Paul

Blaine, MN

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour with my young son (17 years old). Great hotels (and breakfasts), locations, etc. And fortunately, I think we had some very good weather (2 rainy afternoons but after we accomplished all the hiking and activities we wanted to).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been to Lauterbrunnen before on a Rick Steves tour (best of Europe / my way 2016 - my WOW moment then), I have to say that our stay in Alpe di Suisi, Italy (Kastelruth) was my WOW moment for the following reasons: (1) weather was great (we were very fortunate for our mountain hikes) (2) hotel was exceptional in my opinion (modern, clean, great breakfast and spacious) (3) Kastleruth was a beautiful town (4) Hike on the Bullaccia Round Trail had beautiful views."

Dave

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour was a great match for our family. Enough freedom, Gretchen was a tremendous resource. Really helpful ideas and very knowledgeable....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the alps.... spectacular"

Judith

Danvers, MN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. Our tour guides made us feel confident in what we could do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. But probably the views in Switzerland."

Audrey Elizabeth

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole trip was so full of excitement. Everywhere we went was filled with new adventures that I will never forget. The views were breathtaking. Our group was very nice and I had a fun time getting to know different people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was when I went paragliding in the Swiss Alps! In Lauterbrunnen Valley, I was debating on doing it, but I thought to myself, this is a once in a life time opportunity. By far this had to be one of the most thrilling moments of my life. All of the members in our tour were so excited when they heard I did it."

Mark

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic, and that started with Mary and Kathleen. We couldn't have had two better tour leaders. The kept us organized, on schedule, and filled with good humor. I would rate the places we visited in the following order: Dolomites/Lauterbrunnen Valley (toss-up), Zugspitze, Chamonix, Salzburg, and Fussen. Fussen was probably the least interesting of the places we visited simply because Karen and I have seen enough castles and cathedrals to last a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley was simply spectacular. The day we went up to Mannlichen there were no clouds and we got wonderful views of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau."

Virginia

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour, having done independent travel previously. We enjoyed the My Way format very much. All the locations were spectacular, and having three nights in the Swiss Alps gave us the opportunity the see the mountains on a clear day. As one tour member said, you do what activities you want, yet you're bound to see familiar faces around town or the trails. The support was great[INVALID]between the managers and Rick's book we were never lacking ideas of what to do, or where to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dolomites and Lauterbrunnen Valley. Hiking the Alpe di Siusi on a clear day with spectacular mountains all around[INVALID]amazing. On Trail of the Witches we were surrounded by the mountains, then walked to the plateau's edge looking down into the valley while gazing out to more mountain ranges. In Lauterbrunnen we hiked to Kleine Sheidegg with the mountains peeking through the clouds and wildflower patches followed by snow patches. Going up the Shilthorn we saw snow capped peaks forever!"

Judy

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on the Rick Steves alpine trip. I saw parts of five different countries that I had not previously visited. The chosen sites had spectacular scenery! Our tour guides were very helpful; the people on the trip were all nice, as well. The ground transportation was efficient and safe, with a good bus driver. The hotels were clean and safe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Swiss Alps and the Alpe di Siusi. The snow-capped mountains and meadows were beautiful!! It was enjoyable to hike near the cows and their bells also."

Thomas

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour presented an outstanding introduction to the Alps. Each of the selected city or town locations for our stays in 5 countries offered ample opportunities for exploring a wide variety of sights and for engaging in various activities in each area. Our centrally located hotels made it easy to avail ourselves of these opportunities. And last, but not least, our tour manager (Mary) and "trainee" (Kathleen) provided useful, practical information and exceptional suggestions and guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountain scenery generally was spectacular. I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be physically active in the countryside, whether walking, hiking, or biking, amidst that scenery."

James

Fresno, CA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first trip to Europe and very glad that we did it this way. The hotel selections and bus trips let us focus on the actual activities we wanted to pursue in each city. The guides were fantastic and led us right on to activities suited for me and my daughter. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My daughter and I made it to the top of our hike in the dolomite mountains, Plattkofel, and we're sitting at a table taking in the extraordinary views and taking pictures, and we look up to see our guide Mary finishing her hike right beside us. We were tired after the last leg of the hike, but Mary looked like she was just getting started. We took pictures together, and then went on our ways to finish our great day. Very memorable!!"

Connie

Suwanee, GA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed the tour without the hassles of travel logistics. Everything was very convenient and well-organized. This was the most scenic vacation I've ever taken. The Alps were breath taking and thanks to our guide we had the information we needed to make the most of our time at each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick one. I took sooo many photos on the tour. Alpe de Suisi was amazing! The hike through Grindlewald was spectacular. The views of Mont Blanc were gorgeous!"

Karen

Durham, NC

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys being outside, hiking, photography and just being with nature. The tour group itself was a great mix of ages and our leaders were very helpful and knowledgeable. Each stop on the tour had enough differences that I felt like we were seeing new things at each stop. I especially liked that it was a "My Way" tour because we could go at our own pace and could chose trails and activities that matched our level of fitness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I could choose between the Dolomites and the Lauterbrunnen/Wengen area.. Both had exceptional trails with picturesque views around every turn. If I had to choose just one perhaps the Mannlichen-Klein Scheidegg hike was most memorable. We were spoiled with good weather the entire trip so all sites were wonderful.."

Timothy

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Views and hikes in the Alps were very impressive. Also liked touring with fellow travelers.

Julia

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. The weather largely cooperated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps in Switzerland."

Jim

Suwanee, GA

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guides?????? very comfortable and centrally located hotels......comfortable new bus with fun driver and drinks on board.......amazing vistas and locations.....Alpe di Suisi meadow in full bloom with wildflowers and wind chime cow bells...chill freshness of Zugspitze air..........pastel beauty of Fussen and friendliness of Bavaria.....awesome grandeur of Wengen location and surrounding Jungfrau and Shilthorn.....peaceful charm and beauty of Gimmelwald and indescribable Mont Blanc

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Five hour hike (La Flegere to Planpraz) but beware of 2 hour rating which is for fit 25 year olds. We crossed boulder fields and snow and could not have made it without trekking poles. Scenery was breathtaking. 2. Hiking Alpe di Suisi...through the wild flower meadow 3. Kind thoughfulness and knowledge of our guide, amazing Mary....a real human being."

Dominic

Lakeville, MN

Tour: 06/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mary our escort and her assistant Kathy did a great job. Yost our coach driver did a masterful job. The selection of hotels was above our expectations. The cities selected for stops where spectacular. We really liked the My Way method of handling the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castelrotto, Italy, Wengen, Switzerland and Chamonix, France. We really enjoyed the opportunities that our locations afforded us to visit and learn from locals."

Barbie

La Jolla, CA

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We all loved out trip!!! The itinerary was fabulous- The places chosen and the time interval for each seemed right on to us! We were so surprised to see how much support out guide- wonderful Andrew- gave us at each stop- And he was so available to chat with about our ideas for our free time- and he made sure that we knew exactly what to do- We didn't realize how much support there was - for this My Ways tour- we've done 3 other 'regular' tours before this one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe it was sitting and chatting with our guide and tour members over our welcome drinks- and realizing that the world was rich in interesting and lovely people to learn about and share time with. Or maybe it was looking outside our hotel window and seeing amazing views of the country side- Castlerotta- and discovering that walk up above the town with the 3 crosses- it did feel 'divine' to me! Or the richness of being in 4 different 'countries' and the subtle differences and similarities-"

Jim

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second My Way Alpine tour, I took one in 2015. As much as I loved my first tour, I think I enjoyed the second one a little more.Knowing what places and activities were coming up increased my anticipation. My main reason for doing the tour again was during the first tour the weather in Switzerland was wet and very overcast,and with a new itinerary of 1 more day in Switzerland decided to try again.Also,once again a great fun group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tough call, but probably finally getting to see the Eiger,Monck,and Jungfrau from the top of the Schilthorn.Views while hiking in Chamonix a close second."

Carol Ann

Salem, OR

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was really interested in visiting all of the locations on the tour and they proved to be excellent destinations. In most cases (the castle experiences of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau were exceptions), the places we stayed seemed relatively "untouristed" and had a wonderfully local flavor. I still enjoyed the opportunity to see the castles, however. I liked the flexability of the My Way format and it still had the friendliness and group esprit of a regular Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing cow bells from my room in the Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Jan

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and 1st "My Way" tour. I really enjoyed the daily flexibility for outings. I was pleasantly surprised at the availability of Andrew, our tour "manager" who was a wealth of information and constant resource for each location, helping with hiking ideas, tram & train options, "Plan B" at times. The itinerary was PERFECT. Locations & hotels were quaint & I loved the smaller towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps; hiking out of Lauterbrunnen up into the beautiful mountains and listening to the cows with the bells as the mist hung over the green fields. Close 2nd place was the lakes region outside of Salzburg."

Janice

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was over the top fantastic! Since it was a my way tour I did not expect our tour director to be so helpful. Andrew was absolutely excellent. He was always there for us. His knowledge of the area was exceptional and he has a fun personality. The countries were beautiful and the experience of being in the Alps was very restful and yet exhilarating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh, they all were great!! It was a WOW every time I saw a mountain peak. Views were spectacular!"

Nancy

Heritage Pointe, AB

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I participated in our first Rick Steeves tour two weeks ago. We were a little bit worried that we would be spending a lot of our vacation on a bus but were surprised to find out it was just 4-5 hours three times during the tour. To be honest, the bus ride was very relaxing which was just what we needed after hiking in the Alps, letting our muscles recover for our next journey.Andrew is an experienced employee with the Rick Steeves and offered his knowledge of the area.

Coleen

Glenview, IL

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guten Tag, Ciao and Bonjour! We loved hiking in the Alps and the freedom of the My Way Tour to explore and discover things on our own. Andrew was a wonderful tour manager who provided us with all we needed to make the most of our trip. We met a lot of nice people and made a lot of great memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite WOW moment was hiking Planpraz to La Flegere above the Chamonix Valley. As the clouds lifted, we had spectacular views of Mt. Blanc and the surrounding mountains. At every new turn, we were gifted with amazing views."

Elaine

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 06/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group, terrific tour manager - Andrew could not have done a better job - scenery truly amazing, bus very comfortable, hotels great choices, food amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is much too difficult to choose one "wow" moment. Scenes from atop mountains spectacular."

Mark

Herndon, VA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, the My Way tour was exactly what we were looking for. We love the stress-free travel and lodging, but the freedom to do your own thing once you get to a location. We did the Alpine tour and all the hotels were great. We had a wonderful time and met a lot of wonderful people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments as the vistas on the Alpine tour are spectacular. But our WOW moment was the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. Whether in the valley, Schilthorn, Wengen, hiking around, or watching the base jumpers, it was absolutely awesome."

Susan

Boones Mill, VA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While I thought the cost of this trip could've been a little less expensive, I really wanted to hit all these areas. If you get severe motion sickness like I do, the bus rides weren't as long and dreaded as expected. Perfect time of year to go. Got to miss the crowds and heat. Lucky with perfect weather every day. Loved hiking the mountains of Italy and Switzerland and seeing Neuschwanstein. Chamonix was too city-like for me. Our fellow travelers made the trip even more wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss call it the Lauterbrunnen Valley. I call it Heaven. This area is exactly how you'd picture Switzerland. Wonderful, well-marked hiking trails where you're literally on top of the world, enveloped by snowy Alps, looking down at the valley and its countless waterfalls. Enjoyed dangling from a cage on top of the Schilthorn and listening to my friends ask, "Are you crazy? No way." Great, cool nights sleeping with the balcony doors open, listening to waterfalls all night long."

Christopher

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way provided the right amount of guided cultural knowledge and understanding of how to best utilize the time on the ground in each venue. Don's vast experience made our trip exceed our expectations. I can't imagine wanting to ever take on the task of locating lodging and transportation on my own. My Way tours are a great value and remove the majority of stress related to figuring out where to go and what to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Those high alpine meadows and vistas that we experienced multiple times on the tour were spectacular!"

Bill

West Chester, PA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first R Steves tour, and we were attracted to it due to the My Way format. Really like the freedom we experienced plus the detailed work done by R.S. dealing with transportation, quaint hotels, and helping us plan our days. Our two favorite locations were the Italian alps and the Swiss alps. We were somewhat disappointed with Chamonix, but that was because so many lifts were closed. Had great fun with our fellow tour members, and would heartily recommend the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland-- the scenery, mountains, all the transportation options, and the variety of hiking options made this a great stop"

Chad

Fountain Hills, AZ

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was a great experience. The tour itself was very informative and well planned out, and the guides were very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was being up on the Schilthorn and looking across at all the snow-capped mountains, which are above a sea of clouds."

Penny

Arlington, WA

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall our tour was good. I don't mean to sound so negative but my concerns are real. We would have had a better time with a tour manager that was not all about himself. How could anyone not love the beautiful scenery. It was very relaxing and we could have stayed forever. We went paragliding in Switzerland which was awesome! So much fun! Picnics by the river were our favorite meals. The weather was great. We wore shorts the whole time. A great adventure to start our lives together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the quiet walks in Switzerland with the cows and our favorite place was a restaurant at the top of a hike to a waterfall in France. So beautiful! Paragliding!"

Holger

Jefferson, OR

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip. The cable cars up to the Swiss Alps. I do have one concern and that is: Don our tour guide stated that the Mountains that caused the Alps were due to the earths plates moving upwards many millions of years a go. (1) Has a young earth Christian, I believe the earth is approximately 6,000 years old. The bases for this is (a) the Bible and ( b) research completed by PhD's at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the site of the James Bond movie high in the Swiss Alps."

Mark

Fountain Hills, AZ

Tour: 05/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My son and I had a wonderful time touring the Alpine region of Europe on Rick Steves MY WAY tour. Although we did not know what to expect we both agree that the trip exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike we took from Gimmelwald to Kilchbaum was spectacular as were the views from the top of Schilthorn (also in Lauterbrunnen)."

Larry

South San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

RS Tours remains the standard of excellence and efficient management in making our travels a great educational and cultural-absorbing adventure. Big shoutout to Andrew on his attention and follow through of everyone's preferences and Wilm on his safe driving. And of course, our fellow travelers who shared a wealth of life's knowledge and wisdom with each other that made this 1st 2018 My Way Alpine Europe group experience priceless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place, every moment, every view, every one."

Semiramis

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A dream come true on my 4th RS tour! Fellow travelers were a joy to be with and get to know. Tour manager, Andrew was excellent, very welcoming and full of energy, and provided guidance to help maximize our time at each destination. Bus driver, Wym, was excellent, too. Wonderful centrally-located small hotels in beautiful towns. Excellent hiking opportunities and gondola/finucular rides in the Alps and Italian Dolomites, surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains and alpine meadows.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday there were several WOW! moments! Enjoying apple strudel and coffee with magnificent views of Salzburg and the surrounding mountains, after exploring the Hohensalzburg Fortress. A palace concert. Meadow hike in the gorgeous Italian Dolomites. Touring the beautiful castles of Bavaria. Enjoying the magical Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland with breathtaking snow-capped mountain views and many hiking opportunities. Exploring gorgeous Chamonix surrounded by mountains and glaciers."

Ted

Largo, WA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were prepared for cooler weather.we understand that weather can't be predicted , maybe a week earlier.Some of the gondolas were not available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Guide for The Eagles nest and the Berchtesgaden spoke nonstop for 4 hours .She was out standing. The bunkers were closed but she made up for it.I taught History and found her talks broaden my understanding."

Mark

Hampton, VA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time and would like to do another My Way Tour.Please keep me posted on up and coming events.

Ryan

Sussex, NJ

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I couldn't have asked for a better first experience abroad. This tour was exactly what I was looking for and it exceeded my expectations in every way possible. Originally I was just going to backpack around Europe on my own. This trip saved me so much time and hassle, by having the logistics lined up. From the transportation to the hotels and little details (like the timing of the rest-stops) it was perfect. And then I had the freedom to go out every day and night to adventure on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in Chamonix. Coming into this vacation, I never thought I would have been flying outside of a plane. But after seeing all of the paragliders and basejumpers in Lauterbrunnen (along with some encouragement from the other tour members) I decided to give it a shot in Chamonix. The entire tour was amazing but this experience was epic and definitely a highlight of my trip (and I would do it again now!)."

Kathleen

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceptional tour experience! As a solo single woman traveler the one thing you never want to be is the "5th wheel". This group of travelers were extraordinary. I felt the group just meshed from the beginning. Everyone was inclusive, respectful of each others time and friendly. The locations were dramatic and I liked the smaller town experience on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour had so many WOW's. The sheer beauty of our surroundings every day. The Dolomites, our hotel in Castelrotto, the Swiss Alps etc. But I have to say my "WOW" was the opportunity to travel with an amazing group of interesting people and make many happy memories. The social interaction simply enhanced the beautiful locations. I think the Rick Steve's philosophy attracts people who are predisposed to be curious, open and willing to learn. I am grateful for all the memories."

Susan

Ramona, CA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every way. This was our second time of taking this particular tour ( relatives wanted to do it and asked if we'd go again..) Our tour guide Andrew was wonderful a delightful, very helpful young man who couldn't have been more informative, entertaining and always available for help in one instance above and beyond? Even tho' our second time to almost the same places ( Halstatt removed as too overcrowded now) we were able to see things we didn't catch first time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed Castelrotti and our time there, exceptionally nice hotel and overall delightful time there."

Ernie

Ramona, CA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As susie's husband, I just want to reiterate all that she said and add that even doing the same trip a second time, and it even being the first European Alps "my way" like it was in 2016, it was like a brand new experience as the guide was different, the group was different, the weather was different... All in all a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Andrew lined up the doctor appointment for my sister in laws boyfriend when he needed a doctor quickly, he had minor surgery and Andrew stayed with them the whe time...Truly above and beyond."

Ron

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent destinations - not big cities. The biggest attraction was to have the hotel and transportation taken care of for us, and then being able to do what we wanted. This worked well for us as previously independent travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps Suise - the Dolomites were impressive. A second moment was the Lautenbrunner Valley - beautiful."

Deborah

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way format worked great for us. We didn't think we'd like a guided tour, so this combination of having the hotel and transportation taken care of, with being able to do what we wanted, was perfect. We liked having the orientation and suggestions of things to do, place to eat, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alpe de Suise - seeing that broad, beautiful mountain valley was a first for me. Wonderful to hike! Also loved the beauty and hiking of the Lautenbrunner Vallen."

Judd

Streamwood, IL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my wife's and I first Rick Steves tour. To sum it up in one word "AMAZING". Every aspect was outstanding. The food, the hotels we stayed in, the people, both those on our trip with us and the people we met in each country we visited. The scenery was just breath taking. Our tour guide, Andrew, was informational, helpful, educational, and understanding. Whatever you're paying him he deserves a raise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are more then I can count, but I will remember the kindness of a stranger we met on the trial. We where hiking on the North Face trail in Switzerland at 6500 foot elevation. We met a local British women who was jogging on the trial. She had lived in the area for the last 10 years. She stopped and took the time to describe the different trails on our map and recommend some to try. Thanks to her we saw some breath taking views. Sometimes it's the kindness of strangers that you remember most."

Linda

Largo, WA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The sights and locations were outstanding. Hotels were great with central locations and all had very friendly accommodating staff. Transportation was very good with enough room to spread out and be comfortable. I can't say enough about our tour guide Andrew Lyon. He was not only a terrific guide but you knew he was a quality person. He exemplified all of the qualities you promote, enthusiasm, knowledge, accessibility. You have a gem in him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the gondola rides and breathtaking scenery. Our view from our room in Lauterbrennen Valley was a lifetime memory. Photos do not do the scenery justice, you just have to experience it."

Amy

Streamwood, IL

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, and it was AMAZING! I can't wait for the next one, which my husband is already planning! The hotels and accommodations were very nice. Our guide Andrew was knowledgeable, respectful and very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! The breathtaking scenery. The group hike in Alpe Di Siusi was a lot of fun despite the rain at times. The North Face Trail hike in Switzerland (Andrew helped map it out) with a trip to the Schilthorn and then Trummelback Falls. The people on the tour, we had a great group and it was a pleasure to spend time with them."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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,"

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"

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."

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 !"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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"

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 ..."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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!)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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.

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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,"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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!"

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!!!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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!"

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)."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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)"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

Weather

Austria / Vienna


Germany / Munich


Italy / Milan


Switzerland / Bern

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Salzburg and out of Geneva ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Munich and Vienna are alternatives with easy train connections to Salzburg, and the Geneva airport is a one-hour bus ride from Chamonix where the tour ends. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Alpine Europe tour guidebook.