• 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 $2,695 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

2019

2020

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 hiking trails, 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

Heather

Stow, OH

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Fred

Longwood, FL

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gwyn

Banner, WY

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Valencia, PA

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Sidney, OH

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Mount Ephraim, NJ

Tour: 08/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phyllis

Boulder, CO

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roger

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristy

Bettendorf, IA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland."

Katherine

Edgewater, CO

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of my trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Mckenna, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Heidi

Mckenna, WA

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Dianne

Houston, TX

Tour: 07/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Soundra

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jodi

Cordell, OK

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Sedona, AZ

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angela

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karin

Baden, ON

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Bend, OR

Tour: 07/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Sturgis, SD

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Neva

Auburn, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Timothy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Tammy

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristin

Snoqualmie, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alison

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deloris

Bonney Lake, WA

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many of the mountains and ice cave."

Susan

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 07/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sang

Ventura, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderfull tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Bothell, WA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Chico, CA

Tour: 06/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Celia

Pisgah Forest, NC

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rick

Gresham, OR

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Richmond, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stanley

Smithsburg, MD

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Gresham, OR

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Pisgah Forest, NC

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kevin

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lily

Alamo, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

Alamo, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Brockport, NY

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michelle

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gevan

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angela

Albany, OR

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Forest Grove, OR

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Geyserville, CA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brad

Irwin, PA

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Betty

Escondido, CA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steven

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

South Dennis, MA

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melinda

Denver, CO

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maryam

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 06/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Autumn

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fulfilling, enlightening and adventurous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randall

Gonzales, LA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Provo, UT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Steve

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bernardine

Gonzales, LA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Breathtaking scenery."

Eileen

Provo, UT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Chung

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Laurie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schilthorn summit with a clear 360 degree view!"

Paul

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ryan

Laguna Niguel, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nicholas

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

La Jolla, CA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Craig

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Suzanna

Heath, TX

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over the Dolomites"

Lori

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathy

Port Orange, FL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Port Orange, FL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Klaudia

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"hiking the dolomites at Alpe di Suisi and Chamonix"

Sallie

Asheville, NC

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Catherine

Washington, DC

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

West Covina, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randye

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alfred

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roy

Hartford, CT

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every mountain view and all the great hikes!"

Dennis

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Springfield, OR

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Columbia, IL

Tour: 09/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Weimar, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Shelton, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was dazzled by the whole tour."

Joan

Sebastopol, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerilynn

Camano Island, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joanna

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mitchell

Burien, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Weimar, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tim

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the Alpine Europe tour very much. Don was amazing in terms of the way he provided orientations to the various areas and information to make our tour more enjoyable. Knowing that the logistics were taken care of was reassuring! We were fortunate to be with a very congenial group. Everyone was friendly. Even though there were a large group of friends that were traveling together on our tour, they were very open and collegial with everyone else.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the Alps were so beautiful, and we were so glad to have the opportunity to hike in them. Our favorite "wow" moment was hiking the North Face Trail above Murren in Switzerland. The day was beautiful, and the scenery (with mountains, green pastures, cows, quaint chalets and huts, etc.) was amazing."

Anthony

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Los Osos, CA

Tour: 09/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gave my wife and I just what we wanted and that was plenty of hiking. Great locations and wonderful mountain vistas were an everyday occurrence. Don did a great job offering suggestions as to things to do and then leaving us alone to do our own thing. I know mr. Stevens has some money. Give Don a raise or at least a modest bonus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the he lift up the mountain in chaminox in white out and finding a beautiful sunny morning at the top! Solitude on the trail we chose and vistas not even the camera could truly capture....the peace and quiet there, rare in this world brought us closer to the ultimate truth..."

Kirk

Haymarket, VA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gabrielle

Bend, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Castelrotto!"

Patti

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful; fellow travelers were so compatible and fun; Cynthia was over-the-top amazing; beautiful, breath-taking places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say. I loved the Alpe di Suisi and the beautiful town of Castelrotto; lovely hiking; beautiful green, rolling hills; The Swiss Alps were spectacular; one of my favorites was Chamonix at the base of Mont Blanc - a little slice of heaven. I truly can't pin-point a favorite!"

Molly

Loveland, OH

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second My Way tour and I love the format! Our tour manager Cynthia did an excellent job of giving us the broad overview and the specifics we needed to set off and create our own adventure. Since navigation isn't my strong suit I particularly appreciated guidance on hiking routes and logistics. Hiking in the Alps was incredible and my non-hiking spouse enjoyed the cog railroads, gondolas, funiculars, and all assorted transportation to beautiful vistas.

Richard

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our first My-Way tour. Our tour group seemed to be like-minded travelers We had Rick's books along to help with directions and explain various venues. It did take some extra effort for tickets, meals. It was a good first step to try something new. (And we love hiking.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment was staying in Wengen and being and seeing the Alps. They were so beautiful. The air was so clean. Nice people. Really enjoyed transportation, i.e. trains, gondolas, etc. were on time."

Stephen

Tualatin, OR

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

At ages 61 and 70, my wife and I were a bit apprehensive about whether we would be able to keep up. Long story short, we both lost considerable weight and got in good shape, and this tour turned out to be the best vacation of our life. Everything was perfect. Our tour manager, Cynthia, was phenomenal. She gave us lots of individual, personalized suggestions and far exceeded our expectations. Our fellow travelers were also just wonderful. We feel like we have made some new lifelong friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seemed like one "wow" moment after another just kept happening. We loved everyplace we went. But we both felt a special affinity for our time in Switzerland. We loved staying in Wengen and hiking for miles in the mountains. Two of our favorite villages while hiking were Gimmelwald and Murren. Both Barb and I said that the peace and sense of well-being we felt while hiking in Switzerland were like nothing we have ever experienced."

Robert

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps"

Jason

Rapid City, SD

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We both had a fantastic time. The tour was pretty close to what I imagined it could be. We got some flavor from the areas we visited, and were able to hike, hike and hike some more to see the natural beauty of The Alps. The My Way format is great, and I think Don made it that way for this trip. He set us up with information and context for each stop's adventures. We enjoyed the places we stayed, and our driver Rony was capable and funny when we had an opportunity to speak.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Chamonix we grabbed the first car of the morning to Plan du l'Aiguille. Amazing views of Mont Blanc welcomed us, then we began hiking. We had spectacular views as the sun crept up through the eastern ridge with glaciers hanging above us. At Mer de Glace I was struck by how far the glacier had receded in recent years, and humbled by its still massive scale. Touring the ice cave was fun. The ice really is blue! We caught the train back down and enjoyed the rest of our day in Chamonix."

Donna

Redmond, OR

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth RST and my first My Way tour. I think it was a great way to explore alpine Europe without needing to worry about logistics. The flexibility to choose our daily itinerary worked out nicely as the mountain weather changes daily and sometimes hourly. With the help of our experienced tour mananger, Don, and the included guidebook we had lots of ides on ways to spend our time based on the weather, our interests and our energy level. Additionally, the group was a nice size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike in Switzerland from Murren to Gimmelwald was amazing."

Rita

Rapid City, SD

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a fabulous vacation, and what truly made it excellent was Don's great advice. The optional happy hour and optional group meal (with surprise fondue!) were great. The hotels were all comfortable, unique, and in great locations. The complimentary "tea time" at the hotel in Chamonix was a fun way to catch up with other tour members after a day of adventuring. The front desk at the Fussen hotel gave us a recommendation and map for a really enjoyable forest hike to the castles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was in Chamonix, during the hike from Plan de l'Aiguille to Montenvers, and seeing (and then touching) the Mer de Glace glacier. Other favorite moments on the trip were experiencing live classical music (Salzburg), hiking through the forest to Hohenschwangau (Fussen), and buying cheese and sausage self-service style in Gimmelwald between hikes (Lauterbrunnen). Oh, and there was a marching band dressed in traditional clothing (Castelrotto)!"

Bruce

Canonsburg, PA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The My Way system seems like the best way to have a "survey tour" of small, hard to reach alpine villages. Don, the tour manager, and our bus driver were both great. I would recommend it to other people who have never seen the Alps. I am not an extrovert and did not like having to sit at assigned/reserved tables with strangers for breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley! I loved the mountain views and hiking the trails."

Mark

Bothell, WA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the format of the my way tour. With information from Rick Steves book and our excellent manager Don we could go at our own pace and do everything we wanted to do.The choice of towns in the Alps was nice because we had a lot of variety and all were beautiful.It would have been nice to have one more day in Italy. Those Dolomites are really impressive. The power and wifi were perfect everywhere and everyone spoke English..What a beautiful area!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking along the mountain sides past the colorful chalets on the and listening to the cowbells,waterfalls and goats. I felt like Heidi... Also paragliding in Chamonix over the mountains and town."

Pam

Richmond, VA

Tour: 08/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We spent 12 great days with a wonderful group, enjoying the Alps from on top and down below. Each location provided opportunities to hike and enjoy the great outdoors. It was a reunion for my husband and I with Don, our Tour Manager, as he was our tour guide on our trip through Italy. It was great to see him again. This was our first My Way tour, and we enjoyed setting our own agenda and doing what interested us the most. We will definitely consider other My Way trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending three nights in Lauterbrunnen Valley tops our list. We did several hikes on our last day. The weather was perfect, allowing for spectacular views, and hiking conditions. We even dropped by Walter's place for a beer with Don."

Marilyn

Takoma Park, MD

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful tour manager -- he was gracious and generous with his time. Hotels were great. The tour was a little bit compressed for me --i would have cut one of the 2-Night cities and shorten d the trip. Or, cut or of the 2.night cities and added the nights to other cities. Or, leave Salzburg as the starting point, but make it only one night on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the first good view of the Alps in Switzerland."

Jeanne

Ocala, FL

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the best that I have ever taken. I loved the places that we visited. The hotels were very nice. Our guide Andrew was very helpful. I especially liked the information that he gave to us about each place that we visited. The bus driver was also very friendly. I loved the idea that we could do whatever we wanted to do and I liked the fact that we were a small group. Everyone was pleasant and mixed well. We are already trying to decide what trip to take next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that I was very impressed with Austria. It was a beautiful place. The people were all very friendly and it was such a nice clean city. We were surprised to see that so many people rode bicycles and walked all over. I was also surprised and pleased that people actually dressed in the traditional way. The food was very good."

Norma

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than we had hoped for. The views were spectacular, some of the hotels were better than our usual places to stay, the group was very congenial, and the tour leader Andrew was the best we've ever experienced. We could not have asked for a better experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the clouds finally lifted on Mont Blanc and the snow covered peaks appeared in all their glory. What a beautiful sight!"

Barbara

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellemt transportation and bus routes with ability to arrive at our destinations with some time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"lovely last dinner in Chamonix"

William

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was, hands down, the best vacation my wife Diane and I have experienced in our lifetime. Our fellow adventurers were fabulous as well as our tour manager, Andrew, and bus driver, Paul. We had been wanting to do an inland European vacation for many years after many cruises whose excursions tend to stay coastal. We were considering planning our own vacation focusing on southern Germany and northern Italy based on recommendations from Rick's books. Thankfully, we chose Alps MyWay instead!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW moment that tops the list was in Lauterbrunnen when Diane and I were preparing for the hike from Grütschalp to Mürren by stocking up at the Co-op. Another of our fellow adventure couples was there and were planning to spend the day on the valley floor instead of taking the moderately challenging hike. Diane and I were able to convince them to come with us and the four of us had a fabulous time taking in the beautiful vistas!"

Diane

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best vacation we have ever taken! We loved that we decided what to see. The transportation to each location was easy and the hotels were very nice. We had so many options of things to see and do. Andrew Lyon was terrific -- and patient with all of our questions!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many - it's difficult to choose one. The hike to Kleine Schediegg because the views were incredible and we had an up close and personal experience with a cow on the trail. My pictures do not give the views justice."

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots to see and do. Delicious food, nice accommodations. The chosen towns were a great choice, a good mix of cultures, siteseeing, and activities. The only downside for us was a few of the early morning packups to travel onward. Some days we wished to sleep in and stay longer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was hiking in Lauterbrunnen. The gondola ride was cool, the views and the hiking trails were awesome. Before we even realized, we had gone 13 miles. Such a great day."

Jay

Richland, WA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the whole experience I thought it was great and there is very little that I would change. I really enjoyed the my way experience and I hope that you could please continue to add them. I really like your tour packages but I have to say that I'm wary about doing the guided group ones that you have and would much prefer not being in a group walking around from place to place. Please continue to design the my way experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to do just one, but the view from mount Blanc was incredible. Other big highlights were Trummelbach Falls, Dinning in Salzburg, and I really encourage everyone to do the city walks once you arrive in the cities because they give you the most cultural enrichment if you are taking stops and talking with people."

Dana

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed our experience. Guide and bus driver were outstanding. Since this was a My Way tour we were left to create our own experiences which is what we were looking for. Hiking and scenery was unbelievable! Hotels in Salzburg and Fussen were lacking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite " wow" was the scenery. Far better than I imagined."

Robert

Cartersville, GA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Cynthia was an excellent tour director and the destinations were wonderful. Bolzano holiday restaurant closures made locating an open restaurant challenging. Lack of Hotel Hofwirt, Salzburg air conditioning and Alstadthotel Zum Hecten moise level made sleeping very difficult. Recommend adding to tour book to definitely bring hiking boots and walking sticks for hiking. Also, add to the book that motion sickness medicine recommended for the bus travel days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Incredible mountain hiking opportunities to see snow capped mountains and glaciers."

Lonney

Coralville, IA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I hoped it would be and then some. From the time Rosie and I arrived in Salzburg, Austria until we departed from Chamonix, France, everything seemed to go like Swiss clockwork. We were able to talk individually with our tour manager on the bus and after arrival anytime we needed to finalize our plans. This was extremely important because it was a "My Way" tour and everyone wanted to do things a little differently. I think that is what made this trip so special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first encounter with the Swiss Alps and the beautiful turquoise colored lakes as they came together stood out in my mind. I took numerous photos but none of them could duplicate the post card images I had already stored in my mind. Also, at an altitude of 12602 ft., the view of the top of Mont Blanc and the surrounding vistas near Chamonix, France, was nothing short of majestic. These would have to be my "wow" moments."

Janice

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved Switzerland and the other countries we visited in the Alps area. Fussen and Lauterbrunnen were favorites. Met some lovely people. The tour leader was wonderful. Liked My Way for the Alps and realized that My Way is good for some tours more than others. Wouldn't have wanted to do My Way in Eastern Europe!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Blanc, of course. The best was saved on last. But I also loved our bike ride in Salzberg and a weekend market we visited after the Ludwig castles. There is a place with thermal baths near there that is WONDERFUL!!"

Konnie

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We LOVED the "My Way" tour experience. Our fun and very knowledgeable tour manager gave us all the information we needed to choose our activities and experience what we wanted to see and do in each location. It was the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I couldn't possibly choose one favorite, as every destination provided a new "wow" moment. St. Peter's cemetery in Salzburg The trail from Kobenstein to Oberholzen in Bolzano Hiking to the castles via Lake Alpsee in Fussen Hiking in Lauterbrunnen - the sound of cow bells, walking under the waterfall, our first hike in a hailstorm Sitting on the balcony and listening to the river in Chamonix, and then viewing Mt Blanc"

Rosemary

Coralville, IA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a pleasant surprise! We were wary signing up, wondering if we would be the oldest participants (72), find hikes/walks which would fit our activity level, enjoy being part of an organized group. All those concerns went away once we got on the road. Tour manager Cynthia provided needed information to keep us on track but have the independence we wanted. The tour descriptions are accurate and we had to buck up with hot weather and no air conditioning but enjoyed the local hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments were quiet ones . . . bread and cheese for breakfast, seeing the sun rise over the mountains as we were hiking, hearing the chiming of the cowbells, eating wurst on the top of the Zugspitze and speaking German with the pleasant man sitting next to me, the spectacular beauty of the mountains all along the way."

Regina

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doug

Cypress, CA

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great to have the transportation and hotels taken care of. Also, it helped a lot to get an orientation in each city and recommendations of places to eat... It was fun to run into others around town and on trails - seeing familiar faces... Need Hilde to be the driver for every tour (great laugh and driving skills)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Constantly saying "wow" with all of the mountains, trees, valleys, waterfalls... Being on peaks with 360 views of all of the other peaks and valleys"

Bonnie

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Firstly a WONDERFUL guide. fantastic itinerary, great accommodations,quaint towns, lots of choices of things to do, comfortable transportation. LOVE the format of "My Own WAY'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the walk thru trummemel bach falle...can't be anything like that anywhere else. all of the hiking choices were wonderful"

Joel

Westmont, IL

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was everything I hoped. I traveled in Europe as a young adult including one solo trip, so I had some level of confidence in my abilities to navigate a European adventure now as a father with my collage-aged daughter. However, it's been 25 years since I visited, and I wanted a little help with the logistics of lodging and transport for a multi-location adventure. The My Way experience was a wonderful confidence builder and it has rekindled my independent traveler spirit...again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really spent a lot of time hiking (easy trails) than I ever though we would. The opportunity to explore the beauty of the Alps on foot was breathtakingly magical. I have some wonderful sights etched in my mind from those hikes. I don't think I will every forget them! As a side comment, I also loved having an uncrowded tour bus for our tour great for relaxing travel."

Catherine

Bagley, MN

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. My brother uses his books for all his trips and calls it "The bible according to Rick Steves". Once my sister and I started to plan on our own, she looked into the My Way Alps tour, had me look it over (I had my doubts) but decided it would be OK. This trip was beyond my expectations!!!!! From the comfort of the bus (and driver Hilda), Cynthia our manager, the places we stayed in, the areas we went to......it was perfect!!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so hard to choose but I would say Lauterbrunnen. Even though we had 2 full days there, I wanted more. Maybe it was partly because we had the Swiss Pass Flexi so all our lifts/gondolas/train/bus rides were either free or reduced price. So many choices of hikes and things to see."

John

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 08/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, and our first trip to Europe in many years. Everything from start to finish was excellent. This includes your reservations staff, tour organization, city and hotel selection. tour guide, and bus transportation

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many "wow" moments. Our primary interest before joining the tour was hiking, but we didn't think we would have as many opportunities as we did. We absolutely loved the hiking and the hiking advice provided by our guide, Cynthia, and the "Alpine Adventure" tour book provided beforehand."

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!"

Christine

Trout Lake, WA

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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. "

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!"

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."

Carol

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience rating would have been "Outstanding", if not for the lack of fans provided by some of the hotels. Our rooms were so hot & stuffy that it actually kept us from getting a good night's sleep, which is important on an active trip. The Hotel Hofwirt provided a fan in each room, so kudos to them. The rest either said they had already provided guests with all of the fans they had, or they didn't have any at all. I almost purchased one in Fussen, but didn't want to lug it around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. Thanks to Rick Steve's Tours for adding an extra night there."

Lori

Nashua, NH

Tour: 07/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is a great tour for people who like to hike. The group of people we were with were great. Everyone was considerate and punctual. It was nice to run into people on the trail or in town that you knew from the group. People also shared their plans or experiences at breakfast which helped you plan your day. The hotels were all centrally located but this made them somewhat noisy (no air conditioning so windows had to be opened)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each hiking location was different. I would say wow to them all. Also the historical tour of Eagle Nest was excellent."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

Moira

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 07/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely amazing from beginning to end! We purposely chose this trip due to the fact that the weather did not cooperate on a previous RS tour that included the Dolomites in Italy and a different RS tour that included Switzerland and the Lauterbrunnen Valley. (Note: We had great trips even with the rain and low cloud cover!) This tour was strictly an Alpine adventure to hopefully see what we had missed on previous tours and it was everything we could have hoped for and much more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think every stop on this tour had it's own WOW moment. The experiences and the excitement just kept building with each new location. Every destination on the trip was more stunning than the previous one. And the views of the Alps just kept getting bigger, and better, more beautiful and more spectacular until our last stop at Chamonix. The views of the glaciers and Mount Blanc from Aiguille du Midi were absolutely 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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.""

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."

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."

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"

Leann

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hang gliding!"

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.""

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."

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.

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."

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."

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!"

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!!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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.."

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."

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."

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-"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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)."

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!"

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

Nicollette

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both the Alpe du Suisi & Lauterbrunnen areas."

Richard

Pottsville, PA

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

Linda

Gales Creek, OR

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Miles

Gales Creek, OR

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Any view of the Alps."

Mikie

Sun Ptairie, WI

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Heidi

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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"

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."

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!"

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."

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,"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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 !"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

Anita

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeannine

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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"

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."

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!!"

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."

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 ..."

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."

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.