• Eiffel Tower and Parisian skyline, Paris, France
    Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Hôtel-Dieu, Beaune, France
    Hôtel Dieu in Beaune, France
  • Gimmelwald, Switzerland
    Swiss Alps
  • Odeonsplatz in Munich
  • Venice
  • Manarola (Cinque Terre), Italy
    Manarola in Italy's Cinque Terre
  • Colosseum in Rome
  • St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
    Vatican City in Rome

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My Way® Europe in 14 Days

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On a two-week, "greatest hits" Europe vacation that takes you from Paris to Rome — via Burgundy, the Swiss Alps, Munich, Venice, and the Cinque Terre — Rick Steves' money-saving My Way Europe tour gives you the freedom to decide your own daily sightseeing priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in centrally located hotels, private bus transportation from city to city, and a Euro-savvy tour manager to advise you along the way. Join us for My Way®: Europe in 14 Days!

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What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotel arrangements, and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Paris to Rome
  • 13 nights' accommodations (all stops but one are for two nights) 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 Paris, Munich, Venice, and Rome. 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 Europe

Welcome to Paris, one of the world's most thrilling cities! Today is a great day to start tackling some of Paris' amazing museums: the Louvre*, Cluny, Rodin, Orsay* and Pompidou (plan accordingly; many museums are closed one day a week). We'll rendezvous at our hotel at 5 p.m. to meet your tour manager and have 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 and Paris' easy-to-use public transportation. Then you're free for dinner on your own. This evening you could stroll around the brilliantly lit Eiffel Tower(r) and enjoy a twilight ride to the top. Or, enjoy the view from below, aboard one of Paris' numerous floodlit Seine River cruises. Sleep in Paris (2 nights).

Day 2: All Day in Paris

Today Paris is all yours. With the Best of Europe guidebook and Rick Steves audio tours in hand, you might begin your day where Paris did — on the Ile de la Cité* — visiting the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle* and viewing the resilient and awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral. Or explore the sprawling grounds of the ultimate royal palace at Versailles* — every King's dream. This evening, head up to Montmartre to savor the bohemian flair of Amélie's "village Paris" and take in the breathtaking vistas from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Or go to the Arc de Triomphe and stroll down the grandest boulevard in the world — the Champs-Elysées. As with every day of this trip: It's your choice! No bus today.

Day 3: Burgundy's Wine Capital

This morning we'll pack up, bid adieu to Paris, and hop aboard our comfortable bus (your tour manager will always post departure times well in advance). Then we'll roll into the French countryside, passing pastures and vineyards en route to the "profoundly French" town of Beaune in the heart of Burgundy's wine country. After dropping our bags at our hotel early this afternoon, you'll have time rent a bike for a ride along the Côte d'Or vineyards or stroll around the town's center, enjoy a wine tasting, and/or savor the rich regional specialties over dinner. Boeuf bourguignon et escargots, anyone? Sleep in Beaune (1 night). Bus: 4 hours.

Day 4: Scenic Drive to the Swiss Alps

We'll leave the rolling hills of beautiful Burgundy this morning, and climb high into the heart of the Swiss Alps. By suppertime we'll be in the Berner Oberland's magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley, flanked by towering, waterfall-laced cliffs and crowned by a trio of Switzerland's most formidable peaks: the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. After settling into our creaky old chalet, you'll find hearty dinner options and spectacular views just a short hike away. Sleep in the Lauterbrunnen Valley (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours.

Day 5: Spectacular Hikes in the Alps

You'll wake up in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth...and the day is all yours. 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 panorama of cut-glass peaks. You could also explore what's above the opposite side of the valley, ride a gondola lift to the top of the 10,000-foot Schilthorn, loiter in the thin air, and then hike down. Closer to the valley floor, you can witness the roaring, thundering, crashing, splashing display of nature's awesome power in Trümmelbach Falls — a series of subterranean waterfalls that plunge hundreds of feet into darkness behind the valley's cliffs. No bus today.

Day 6: On to Bavaria

Today's drive is a good time to catch up on your journal, listen to music, curl up with a good book, or just sit back and enjoy views of pristine mountains and sparkling lakes as we make our way into the heart of Bavaria. Our destination is the people-friendly city of Munich, where we'll sleep (2 nights). Bus: 7 hours.

Day 7: Marvelous Munich

Germany's most livable city, Munich is pleasantly explored by foot*, bike, or public transit. Today you can take in the opulent Residenz palace, the dazzling Deutsches Museum, the sprawling English Garden, or take a short bus or subway ride to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial or the state-of-the-art BMW Museum. This evening, feel free to join the party at the Hofbräuhaus beer hall, where you can hoist a liter-size mug of beer, and a pretzel as big as your head. No bus today.

Day 8: Over the Alps to Venice

We'll take off early this morning for a scenic, all-day drive to Venice. At the edge of Venice we'll board a vaporetto boat for an "am-I-really-here?" Grand Canal ride* to our hotel in the historic heart of this seductive city, arriving late this afternoon. Tonight you can enjoy dinner at an out-of-the way trattoria and soak in the outdoor nightlife of St. Mark's Square*. If the moon is out, it will hit your eye like a big pizza pie. Sleep in Venice (2 nights). Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 8 hours.

Day 9: Seductive Venice

The entire day and evening are yours to experience (with the help of Rick's audio tours) the Byzantine majesty of St. Mark's Basilica*, the formidable Doge's Palace, the masterpiece-packed Frari Church*, and more. Along the way, take time to simply get lost (remember, it's an island) exploring the alleys, cruising the canals, and "crawling" the pubs of this amazing city. No bus today (too much water).

Day 10: Cinque Terre

Today we say "ciao Venezia" as we hop back aboard our bus and make a beeline for the relaxing beaches and villages of the Cinque Terre. To get there, we'll traverse Italy's agricultural breadbasket and the forested spine of the Apennines, finally winding our way down to the seaside village of Levanto, where we'll board a train for the 10-minute ride to Monterosso. We'll arrive late this afternoon, with plenty of time to enjoy Monterosso's pleasant eateries and ambience. Sleep in Monterosso (2 nights). Train: ¼ hour. Boat: ½ hour. Bus: 6 hours.

Day 11: Riviera Livin'

Ahh, it's time to take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. Pick a Cinque Terre village and spend your day exploring the stairways and alleyways, sunning yourself on the rocks, or sipping a cappuccino and catching up on your journal at an outdoor café. Or, if you're looking for lots of exercise, fresh air, and panoramic views, start your day early and hike the cliff-side paths that connect the towns. For dinner tonight, enjoy what's local and fresh: the seafood and pasta with pesto. No bus today.

Day 12: Historic and Nighttime Rome

This morning we'll get an early start as we make our way from the Cinque Terre to Rome. Arriving at our Rome hotel late this afternoon, you'll have the cooler part of the day to eat at the outdoor café of your dreams, then celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style, with an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city*, lacing together the lively campos, classy piazzas, and splashy fountains. Don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way. Sleep in Rome (2 nights). Train: ¼ hour. Bus: 6 hours.

Day 13: A Day of Roman Roamin'

Rome is the grand finale of our trip, packed with historical riches, cultural delights and an infinite supply of wows. Today, aided by Rick's audio tours, you could follow the footsteps of emperors through the Roman Forum*, Colosseum(r)*, and Pantheon*. If the Renaissance is more your speed, the immense St. Peter's Basilica* (home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà) and the sprawling Vatican Museums*(r) (home to his mind-boggling Sistine Chapel) are a Metro or bus ride away. It's your final night in Rome, so get out and make it special. Salute! No bus today.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your tour manager will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

(To avoid long lines at the Eiffel Tower, we recommend booking tickets several weeks in advance. For details, see our Eiffel Tower ticket tips for tour members.)

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On My Way®: Europe in 14 Days — among other things — you'll need to happily…

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

Reviews

Jim

Charleston, SC

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations - "My Way" was a perfect option for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"10,000 feet up in the ALPS...??"

Carol

Charleston, SC

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our first Rick Steves' tour (My Way) to Europe. It was well planned and organized, from the charming hotels to the transportation. Our manager Jennifer was OUTSTANDING - so knowledgeable and passionate about our adventures. The whole trip was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments, but I loved the history and the art - it's incredible to comprehend wonders like the Sistine Chapel, the art of the museums of Paris and Versaille, the cathedrals, etc. There's SO much to see! I also loved the European outdoor cafes, the fabulous markets. And we loved the scenery of the Alps and Cinque Terre!"

Rebecca

Fairhope, AL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Jennifer is a jewel. She put her heart and soul into the trip. My husband and I had a few rough days with illness be we kept going and did not let it damper our wonderful trip! I learned so much about the culture and the people. The cities on the trip were outstanding. Jennifer was so knowledgeable and fun on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many WOW moments... Wengen in the Alps was everything I had ever dreamed the Alps would be. I could sit in my bed and look straight out my window and the snow covered tips of the mountains where right there. The great walk was magnificent. It was like a dream to me to lay in the grass on a hill and the mountain peaks where right there in our view. The fish market in Venice was wonderful. Listening to Opera singers echoing in the hallways at the Oceana in Rome."

Peter

Novato, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Europe, or on a tour before, we were a little uncertain about what was to come. During the orientation the guide,escort, was very informative about how the trip was going to work. Once the trip was underway, all of us "travelers" started to loosen up and got to know each other. Every stop, town and city brought great anticipation and excitement. We had a fabulous time and Jennifer was a terrific escort, guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! From the Eiffel Tower to the quiet streets of Beaune, from the Swiss Alpsand the Schilthorn to the Octoberfest, lets not forget the canals and pedestrian streets in Venice and the cliff side towns of Cinque Terra and Rome with its ancient architecture. They were ALL "WOW" moments.."

Danny

Jamul, CA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, it was a busy time from the day we arrived in Paris to the day we left Rome. It truly fulfilled my expectations, having never been to Europe it gave a rich sampling of much of what lay out there. Our days were full at every stop, we had pre-planned what we wanted to do realizing we couldn't do everything but we did hit all the things we had planned on. It definitely was a good sampler and a real aid in planning a return visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "super wow" moment came with our visit to the Vatican, we went with plans of only visiting St. Peter's Square and the Basilica (no tickets for anything). Imagine our surprise that we arrived in time to attend a Mass conducted by Pope Francis, which included receiving the host from one of the attending Priests."

Galen

Fairhope, AL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of cities and accomodations. Wonderful tour leader who went out of her way to make a great experience for all. Perfect weather. learned a lot about different cultures and customs. Great food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we awoke in our Hotel in Wengen, Switzerland and the Alps were right outside our window!"

Judy

Rockford, IL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic trip and our escort made it so easy for us! Jennifer was full of knowledge and good tips to help make it easy for us to get around. She is a gem!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Wengen Switzerland the best! The alpine hike and trip to Schilthorn was beautiful! The weather was perfect!"

Marie

West Bloomfield, MI

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an extraordinary traveling experience with Rick Steves' My Way Tour to Europe. My experience and our travel escort Jennifer exceeded any preconceived expectations that I had of Rick Steves' tours. I would highly recommend, in fact almost insist to my friends anyone traveling to Europe join a Rick Steves' tour and take advantage of Rick's guidebooks and the recommendations of the tour escort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen region of Switzerland was beyond words beautiful. I had seen the waterfalls online, but they didn't begin to truly represent how remarkable they were. The Alps and fresh air of Switzerland was beyond my expectations."

Mark

New York, NY

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific agenda, and choice of locales - nice mix of city, country, and different geography. Excellent hotel choices, and entertaining and informative bus rides to locations. Bus driver was outstanding as was our tour guide. Really loved the My Way aspect getting us to location, and arranging hotel yet with an option to be on your own during the day to pursue whatever interest you had in visiting museums or just touring. Also happy and congenial tour buddies made the experience more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to list just one - it may have been in the Lauterbrunnen Valley with a mountain view from our hotel room, and the tram ride to the next elevation from which we hiked a couple hours to the train station with a stop at a local restaurant sharing a delicious meal with two of our tour colleagues. And the weather that day as well as the whole trip could not have been better."

Janet

San Clemente, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was perfect for us! As first time travelers to Europe this itinerary gave us the opportunity to experience a variety of countries and sights so that we now know where we'd like to go back and spend more time. Having our accommodations and transportation all figured out was great. The bus was comfortable, the hotels were all in great locations and amenities were often better than expected. The tour guide kept us informed and entertained and provided just the right amount of guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to choose a favorite! The scenery in Switzerland was hard to beat. The view of Lauterbrunnen Valley as we came down in the gondola was so cool! We were also wowed by Venice as it is such a unique and special place that doesn't feel real. Seeing the Colosseum and Roman Forum and really all Rome's history in person was amazing!"

Diane

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really looked forward to this trip, as I booked in November of 2018! It was everything I hoped it would be. I enjoyed meeting new travelers and seeing new places, and some familiar places again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been to Switzerland and that is always a WOW place no matter how many times you visit. But I remember saying to others, "Wow we are really in Venice!" It is such a unique place that you can't believe it exists."

Colleen

Sheridan, WY

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

I definitely found out that I am not a "tour" kind of traveler. There was too much driving on the bus, stopping at roadside diners, "charming" European bouquet hotels with black mold growing in the shower, and not enough time devoted to exploring the real Europe. After traveling all day we would arrive in our stop, get a quick tour then eat dinner. So actual exploring time was only one full day - not enough time. Luckily we arrived early to Paris and was able to adequately explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wasn't anything on the tour - it waas exploring with my family."

John Allen

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cant say enough good things about Stephanie.She cared for ALL the diff personality types making us all feel loved.She was decisive & calm during a medical crisis at a bus stop.She was sympathetic & helpful in arranging for a whole bag of "left behind" souvenirs at one of our hotels.Motor coach driver&bus were excellent. Your choice of destinations was a perfect blend. We found the hotels charming and nicer than we expected. We may see you again some day!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the whole group rallied together when one of our travelers had a medical emergency at the AutoGrill. It was a time of caring, praying, and helping (one of the travelers was a doctor and another a nurse). The group was very cohesive after that time. It was like we were a family. The trip was filled with lots and lots of WOW moments.....each patiserrie, each scoop of gelato (I had SIX one day!), and the swapping of stories at the end of the day."

Michael

Olympia, WA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have been more happy with our tour experience. Carry Walker was a terrific guide. She was ever attentive to the groups needs. She knew how to provide help and advice while still respecting everyones' space and needs. Carry was very thoughtful too. She recognized members of our groups anniversaries and birthdays in special ways. She led card signing efforts and played a "Happy Birthday" songs for those celebrating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was awe inspiring. The members in our group were so friendly and kind. Slovan was a great driver. He was friendly, funny and very skilled in maneuvering the bus. I am thankful that he delivered us to our destinations safely."

Brittany

Colonie, NY

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an absolutely phenomenal trip. I loved that our hotel accommodation's and travel were taken care of, but we got to choose what we did in each location. Our tour manager, Cary, was amazing and super knowledgeable. Our driver, Sylvan, was a delight and so funny. He really won over my son. I could not have asked for a better experience. One of the best things was how amazing everyone on our tour was. What are the odds that I'd adore every single one of those 28 people?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment.. the whole trip! If I had to pick one though.. it's Switzerland. What a beautiful country! I had to take the same picture over and over again because I just could not get over how amazing the scenery was. My son's "wow" moment had to be the seafood and hiking in Cinque Terre. We had to eat at the same restaurant twice because of the amazing seafood spread they served up."

Josephine

Dorchester, MA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful and everything we were looking. traveling with a group of 12 people could have been extremely difficult, but our friendly tour guide and bus driver (and having our hotel reservations made for us) made the logistics very easy. Also, our tour guide Cary had great recommendations and initiatives. For example, had she not organized optional gondola rides in Venice for everyone in our tour group, my family and I would've missed out on that essential Venice experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps driving into the Lauterbrunnen Valley, eating my first "croissant pur beurre" or the gondola ride in Venice"

Kelly

Grayslake, IL

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was truly amazing from the food, the culture, the scenery, the architecture and all of our quaint hotels stays. Our tour guide was simply delightful and incredibly helpful. Our tour companions ultimately became our traveling friends. We shared our individual experiences and laughs at the end of each destination. I can't say enough about how great our experience was and would recommend taking this trip to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two "WOW" moments for me. The first was when we pulled into The Lauterbrunnen Valley. The views were stunning and picturesque. The other was when our entire group took an evening gondola ride. It was so magical to listen to our gondolier singing "That's Amore" as we gently floated and the full moon shining brightly off the canal."

Dena

Olympia, WA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Met our expectations, and having such a great guide made the tour that much better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Alps in Wengen, Switzerland!!! I loved the beauty and the small quaint town that was not overrun by tourists."

Tom

Colonie, NY

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was absolutely fantastic! I loved all the places we traveled to and i loved the fact that we could choose what we wanted to do during the day on the My Way tour. I would also like to say that our tour Manager (Cary Walker) was perfect. She was sweet, helpful, and very knowledgeable of the areas we visited. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone else (not that we got to choose our tour guide haha). We got to spend some time with her at night on occasion and she was/is AMAZING!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say, hiking in Cinque Terre. The scenery was straight out of a resort commercial. It just doesn't get any better than that. Beaches, hiking, seafood.... come on. A VERY close second would have to be Switzerland. I've been there once before and it still amazes me how incredibly beautiful the Alps can be."

Doreen

Kirkwood, MO

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was great. Our tour manager and driver were excellent and the group on the bus were friendly and nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the Lauterbrunnen area. Just incredible!"

Kris

Rockville, MD

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We're usually not "tour people" but chose a My Way to avoid the hassle of arranging transportation/hotels, plus Rick's name means quality and the itinerary was excellent. Boy did this trip exceed expectations - wonderful mix of people, each day was more fun, various tour surprises thrown in, & Cary was a *phenomenal* leader! She's a tremendous resource & invested in making sure everyone is prepared to land in the next destination with confidence. My only complaint is the trip went by too FAST...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being serenaded through the canals of Venice on our gondola ride by a singer/accordion player duo that Cary surprise-added to our boat to celebrate our 25th anniversary... my face actually hurt from smiling!"

Jennifer

Pea Ridge, AR

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a single traveler, artist, and RS tour alumni this format was the perfect way to travel. I had been to most of the places we traveled to either with a RS tour or on my own but was ready for a revisit. I was able to spend my days with my sketchbook and camera while enjoying like minded travelers on the bus. For the most part I knew where and what I wanted to do but our tour manager, Cary proved to be an invaluable resource.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting out on the balcony in Wengen at 3:30am and seeing layer upon layer of stars. Doing "that hike" one more time between Monterosso and Corniglia. Taking pictures in the early morning in Venice. The Alte Pinakothek in Munich for 1 euro....Sipping that big, old beer.....Third floor of the d'Orsay....and, of course, that little stretch of heaven between Mürren and Gimmelwald"

Jill

Everett, WA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was everything we hoped for. The tour manager Cary is to notch! She was such a blessing, giving us ideas, shortcuts, and teaching us local customs. We enjoyed being a part of a group and really bonded during travel times. Cary made us feel competent and ready to take on each new city with excitement. Although it is a quick paced trip, we enjoyed getting a taste of each place. Our tour manager made this trip very successful for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A beatiful sunny day hiking in the Swiss alps was breathtaking. We live in a beautiful mountainous area but the splendor of the lauterbrunen valley will remain with me forever. Getting "lost" for an entire day in Venice was a close second."

Douglas

Bristol, ME

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our "My Way" tour was AWESOME. It seems from all the Rick Steves shows, his philosophy is to teach you to "get out and travel". We are sooooooo glad that we chose this My Way tour. As first time Europe travelers, this did get us out of our comfort zone. However, his support information gave us all we needed to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The "My Way" tours is the best way to go !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley Shilthorn - Eating in the rotating restaurant Thrill Walk and Skyline Walk at Birg Trummelbach Falls - natural air conditioning Wengen - staying in such a beautiful community meeting some of the local people"

Sergio

Rogers, AR

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was just wonderful and exceeded my expectations. I am very active and this trip offered plenty to explore and enjoy! From 1st day we realized the quality and professionalism of the tour and the tour manager. It was our first time in Europe, the qty/quality of information provided to be aware of what to do, how to do it and suggestions to enjoy it were right in the spot for us to use it and figure out how to navigate and blend in this experience. btw, Stefanie was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, every single place was amazing in its own way. I particularly enjoyed the Alps in Switzerland!, I was very impressed with the bicycle commute system in Europe, I loved it! Jaw dropping monuments and sites in france and Rome. Loved the food and the atmosphere. Paris and Eiffel Tower, could not get enough of it!"

Gayle

Orlando, FL

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our group, had very nice accommodations, had a very comfortable bus and a great driver, and a fun and well-informed guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps for the first time out the bus window."

Sarah

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience taking the "my way Europe in 14 days was lovely. I really liked the hotels/B&B's chosen for us. I was pleasantly surprised at how helpful our tour manager was at every location we were guided and taught enough to make it in a new country for a few days on our own. I was so happy with the tips from the Rick Steves books. We were guided through the maps prior to each location and given ideas on places to dine and activities to enjoy during our visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to have just one "wow" moment. I am a lover of the mountains so for me Switzerland and Lauterbrunnen Valley is at the top of my list. Our little lodge was in the most beautiful setting I've ever seen. With mountains and waterfalls all around us."

Nancy

Sparta, NC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we were very pleased with every aspect. The pre-trip information, the resources (books), the tour guide, the bus, the hotels, the itinerary. It is obvious that this is a top notch company with the participant's travel experience and safety the main priority. I will definitely recommend RS tours to other travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure how it would be possible to have one farvorite "wow" moment. Loved Switzerland, loved Paris, Italy my favorite country."

Hal

Sparta, NC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great trip and experience. Our guide was terrific, and as a bonus, our bus driver was a great addition to the trip. Destinations and accommodations were well thought out. All in all, a great introduction to Europe for a first time visitor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick just one, but the stop in Swiss Alps exceeded expectations."

Lesli

Smithville, MO

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first trip overseas and I absolutely loved the experience. I felt like it was a fast paced trip although I also felt like I was able to see a lot of different areas of Europe. After traveling on the MyWay tour I believe that my husband and I can comfortably travel on our own. The one thing I would have changed is to take out the 3 hr stop in Bern. I would have much rather done another quick lunch stop and arrived in Switzerland earlier. Our bus driver Michelle was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in Switzerland. Our bust driver, Michelle went above and beyond to help with directions, places to eat and attractions to see. Our tour Manager, Mary was fantastic but Michelle was just as helpful!"

Amanda

Plover, WI

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I wanted to see everything :) We chose a trip that would allow for multiple destinations with some structure given my lack of travel experience, yet flexibility to enjoy each stop as we see fit. This package was a good fit for us. We got to experience SO much within two weeks, it's really crazy reflecting on everything we did. The experience was intense and exhilarating, although I may not call it relaxing given how much was packed in :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Switzerland for the first time. Repeat travelers may take for granted the sheer beauty of the country. When we first arrived at Bern and started walking around the city, it was unlike any American city I ever visited. The layout, architecture, art, and that big beautiful river full of crystal clear water flowing through the middle of everything--it was amazing. The Alps were incredibly breathtaking. It's difficult to describe how scenic that country truly is."

Todd

Smithville, MO

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed experience! Great trip with a great travel consultant! We also had a phenomenal bus driver that assisted with communication, logistics and overall enjoyment of the trip! I would not have expected that we would have connected as much as we did with our fellow travelers. By the end of the trip, it felt like we were on a family trip to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Paris, followed by the majestic mountain ranges in Switzerland and then capping the trip off with the history and amazement of Rome!"

Ibrahim

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was really great, our group was really amazing. I cannot say enough good things about our driver Michelle and Mary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, I think every city we went to had it's own WOW moment."

Peggy

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour to have an introduction to what one can explore and be excited about in Europe! This is my 4th RS Tour and 1st "My Way" Tour. I like the change of pace to explore more on my own. I missed the history knowledge of the city guides but I am comfortable on finding my own interests and activities. We had a friendly congenial group of travellers. Thanks also to our top notch bus driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Cinque Terre."

Arlene

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As an introduction to Europe, this tour was outstanding! I had never traveled overseas before this tour and so it was a great way to see a little of every country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, there were so many "wow" moments. Personally, my favorite was entering Venice on the vaporetto as I had been dreaming of visiting Venice since I was a child."

Lisa

Waseca, MN

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where do I begin?! From the very first meeting in Paris I knew we were in excellent hands with Cary. You can tell that her passion for her work as well as Europe lie deep within her soul...I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about her! From Paris to Rome and everywhere in between we were well equipped with ideas about what to do at each location. Even though we had prepared as well in advance, Cary's knowledge and little "tidbits" of information were beyond helpful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to really only pick one. I think the smaller cities and communities is where my heart felt the most happy. From Lauterbrunnen Valley to Venice to Cinque Terre...they all hold a piece of my heart."

Kelly

Pleasant Hope, MO

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time exploring Europe on our own, doing what we wanted to do, yet leaving the guiding and driving to others who were far more qualified. Our tour group was independent but experiences bonded us and it was always enjoyable when we'd bump into each other at restaurants or attractions. We never felt threatened or uncomfortable by locals but were cautious withdrawing cash at atm's, practiced common sense, and hopefully treated everyone we met with respect and kindness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Italy's history as I buzzed through Rome's busiest streets and deserted alleys in a golf cart via Angel Tours was the highlight of my trip. My beautiful young intelligent guide, Susanna, delighted me with entertaining stories, detailed explanations of Roman life, culture, & food, yet didn't avoid sobering grievious facts every ancient city owns. It was a fun refreshing way to spend 3 hours close to the ground discovering a city I thought I already knew (& for less than 100 euros!)"

Patricia

Prescott, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Europe in 14 Days My Way tour was excellent. We had a great time and saw many interesting places. The tour was very well organized. The My Way type tour is a good one for travelers who want to do some sightseeing on their own and not be in a big group following a tour guide holding up an umbrella. I recommend this style tour to others. The "office hours" held by the tour manager each day were valuable to help with plans to get see what interested us in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments on our tour, but my favorite was the evening gondola ride in Venice with our own musical entertainment. Truly an "I will always remember evening"."

Barbara

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cary was great at providing information about all the places we visited. Provided maps, language and food handouts. Helped us with ideas of things to do and see. Kept us on schedule and entertained. We enjoyed the song she played on the bus and the little games. We loved every place we visited! People keep asking - what was our favorite place? And it's really hard to say because we enjoyed them all so much! Loved getting to know and spending time with the other people on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was the 1st night we were in Paris and I found myself drawn to the Eiffel Tower. I couldn't help myself, I just had to keep moving closer to it, whether the rest of my group was coming or not! And then later when it started to sparkle,it was really beautiful. I was surprised at all the people sitting on the lawn, drinking wine and having picnic in the dark. Perfect way to start out our trip."

Rose

Sequim, WA

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a mad scramble of joyful experiences as we were transported to 4 countries:France,Switzerland, Germany and Italy. A great staff with Cary Walker at the lead, our group gelled happily. Cary kept things moving and was always available to help us get ready for the next stop or a new country! The hotels were friendly with great breakfasts. I was star-struck in Paris, awestruck in Switzerland, beer gardened-struck in Germany and food-struck in Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride that Cary arranged in Venice with a singer and guitarist. He sang to me and the others as we plied the Venice waters that evening. People came out to watch us and other gondolas joined ours making a parade. It was a clear and beautiful late summer night and I was transported to old Venice where all this beauty and charm combined to create this magical place."

Peyton

Tupelo, MS

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a recent history major college graduate, this was exactly what I wanted. It was a fantastic trip to Europe, laid out well, and gave me the chance to explore on my own and see the things that I wanted to see. I never had to wait up for slow pokes or get frustrated at others when I wanted to smell the roses! The perfect trip for a recent college history major graduate!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh! Goodness! So so so hard to choose! I would have to say seeing the Arch of Triumph! I was in the taxie on the way to the hotel in Paris and when I saw the Arch of Triumph, I melted! It was the beginning of a trip full of wows and full of seeing things I had seen in movies, read about in books, studied in school, and here I was seeing them with my own two eyes!"

Edward

Tupelo, MS

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had visited Europe 31 years ago using Rick's book. Now I was returning with two of my children, ages 15, and 20. We wanted to do our touring on our own but I did not want to have to worry about hotel reservations and transportation. The My Way tour allowed us to do just that. We enjoyed meeting all the different people on our bus and the traveling we did together, but each stop allowed us to go as fast or wherever we wanted to go. We packed into each day the most we could do. Great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was to once again return to the Swiss Alps. I had remembered how much I loved them 31 years ago and to revisit and then see places that I had never been before was just awesome. The sights, sounds, and just being there can never be fully understood in pictures or videos. The waterfalls, the clouds, the peaks, the people just combine to make the adventure one that makes me want to come back again."

Judy

Waseca, MN

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't say enough good about this trip! It was wonderful in every way. Our tour guide, Cary was exceptional, giving us tips and sharing her expertise to help make our trip all we hoped it to be. Traveling with my three daughters, we loved the "My Way" of doing things. Cary pointed out many points of interest and then we made our own decisions on what to do. It was really perfect for us. Seeing the beautiful sights of Europe with my girls was a dream come true. Highly recommended!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen valley was a spectacular sight. Amazing and so beautiful. My "Wow" moment was a tie between seeing Switzerland and Cinque Terre. Both were outstanding."

John

Powell River, BC

Tour: 09/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great to get a good overview of the main hot spots in Europe. Wow..... tons of tourists and selfie sticks ! We met some good friends in our travel-mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having meals with various locals, chatting in various languages," laughing and telling lies" . Just wandering around the streets."

James

Bosque Farms, NM

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time. Hotels were very nice and close to city centers. The bus was clean and cool.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the Alps the best."

Daniel

Davis, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had never been on a tour before in my life of any sort, and the tour relieved me of the endless travel planning and booking that I do at least once a year. In general the tour met most of my high expectations. My wife and I got to see many renown tourist attractions in a short space of time; perhaps too short. The bus provided a convenient, comfortable, and very efficient way of traveling thru Europe. It was always on time or schedule. The tour was very efficiently run by our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the Lauterbrunnen stop. The views from the hotel were incredible as was the whole setting. On our one full day there we took a train and a cable car up one of the mountains and did an incredible hike. Nothing came close to matching the serenity and natural beauty of the place, and I wish we had had one more days there. It also made a change from the endless "urban" museums & churches and accompanying crowds."

Pingying

Davis, CA

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bus was very comfortable, extra seats made more comfortable"

Kerry

Peralta, NM

Tour: 07/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really appreciated having the travel and accommodations arranged for us. All we had to do each day was decide what we would like to go see or do and where we would like to eat. As one of our son's said when we got back, "that really does sound like a vacation!".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the stops had great features. I especially enjoyed the chance to hike in the Swiss Alps and hear the cow bells."

Jason

Duluth, MN

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful. so glad we chose Rick Steves! having the hotels and transportation taken care of was a game changer. our driver Danny was wonderful, can't imagine driving, let alone a bus, in Europe traffic. Stefanie was wonderful as a tour guide, very knowledgeable about the area and got everyone to where we needed to go. hotels 95% were wonderful, centrally located, safe, good breakfasts, helpful. only concern was an upstairs room in Beaune, 95 degrees, no fan.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"all the places were wow in a different way, but probably the beauty of Swiss Alps"

Bruce

Midway, UT

Tour: 06/25/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip was phenomenal in most regards. The only thing I might do different is to go in the Fall. Italy was very warm and crowded (as you said it would be), so that distracted a little from the joy of being in Venice and Rome. We very much enjoyed our experience traveling with an AWESOME LEADER and a group of like-minded folks who accepted that many things would be different than what we might expect in the United States, such as air conditioning in every hotel and free coffee in every lobby.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were simply breathtaking. Even for my wife and I who live in the mountains of Utah, the majesty of the Alps and the charm of the culture and the towns there are beyond anything we have experienced in this country. Cinque Terre was our other favorite. If you ever offer an Alps + Cinque Terre only tour, please let us know! We would love to spend a week in each place."

Gretchen

Shoreview, MN

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose the My Way tour to have some independence and to be able to explore on our own. We were surprised by how much we enjoyed the other tour members and appreciated being able to go out for dinner or visit a site together on our own terms. The My Way tour is exactly what it promises and we had the time of our lives. Now that we've gotten a taste, we will go back and spend more time in our favorite locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schiltorn Mountain and Cinque Terre. Words don't do them justice."

Rosalie

Anthem, AZ

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our 3rd RS Tour & 1st My Way. I think MW Tours should be marketed as ideal for 1st time travelers. Tho I appreciate the value of the redundant basic info delivered on the bus, its value to experienced travelers is minimal & borders on irritating. I would not have booked MW had I known this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Shilthorn emerging from the clouds! WOW on steroids! Tho we've hiked Switzerland several times...this was our 1st stay in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and it's my new Favorite Swiss place! So authentically Swiss! We hope to return. Close 2nd would be Monterosso. Our 1st visit to Cinque Terra and it did not disappoint!"

Susan

Ottumwa, IA

Tour: 06/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This My Way Europe in 14 Days tour was outstanding. It was the right mix of structure and no structure. All accommodations and transportation was taken care of. It was a great way to get a sampling of different types of Europe, big cities and calmer towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite "wow" moment was our view from out hotel in Lauterbrunnen. Looking out over the valley, waterfall and at the alps!"

Judy

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were hesitant to take a 'tour' even though we have been guided by Rick's books and videos on other trips. This was a great way to 'stick our toes in the water', and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our escort was exactly who you would want giving us the independence we desired while providing input when requested. She also gave us great tips on various things which enhanced our ability to do things 'our way'! Our group was fun and like minded!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and the Alps!"

Brian

Hinckley, OH

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. We had a great tour manager, bus driver and tour group. Had fun throughout the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments, but looking out the 007 restaurant was probably the best."

Larry

Altoona, IA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed making our own schedule. We had been on other trips which we appreciated the organization, but this was a pleasant change.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be Switzerland. The weather was perfect which helped."

Mark

Jackson, LA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantabulous experience! Simply loved the convenience and proximity of hotels to metros and attractions. Will ONLY do My Way type group tours in the future. The flexibility of re-scheduling individual events as needed made the trip so much more enjoyable and time saving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps"

Trudie

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience!! The set up of the MY WAY tour was perfect for me and my friend. We were nervous about traveling by ourselves for the first time which is why we picked this tour. We found it to be a happy medium between feeling safe and still having freedom to do what we preferred. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! -Seeing the Arc De Triomphe and realizing we were finally in Paris! -Feeling the mist of the Trummelbach falls in Lauterbrunnen -Playing in the Mediterranean Sea in the Cinque Terre -Soaking in all the noises and smells in the Hofbräuhaus in Munich"

Cheryl

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing countries, food, people, the hotels were located in perfect areas to get to trains or walking tours. Our tour group was as if we had all been friends before, including the bus driver and tour manager .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Swiss Alps! Gorgeous!!"

John

Durham, NC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just unbelievable. Love the "My Way" tour format. Tim and driver Michele were both a wealth of knowledge and a ton of fun to hang out with!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most memorable views for us was hiking in Cinque Terre. Coming off the ridge down into a town that's so colorful will be a memory we will never forget."

Sharon

West Melbourne, FL

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this experience was incredible. We especially loved our tour guide, Tim. He was friendly, welcoming, and was a great historical story teller.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen was easily our favorite place we visited. The hike from Murren to Grutschalp was breathtaking and was definitely my favorite "wow" moment."

Debra

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I love the fact that this trip included so much diversity! From the food to the music to the physical setting of each destination. Amazing to look back on the absolute variety of activities and places we had access to on this trip. World class museums to hiking in the Alps and along the seashore in Cinque Terre; markets in cities and small towns; so many food choices--every day something new to look forward to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Happening across the cow parade in Lauterbrunnen was a huge highlight. It was just a quaint, local tradition that was fun and unexpected....and along with that is just the introduction to regional agriculture. Another was the town of Beaune. There was a lot here left for the next trip....the town at night with all the light shows on the architecture, dining in a wine cave, fabulous shopping area....would loved to have biked or hiked here."

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Switzerland / Bern

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Germany / Munich

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Italy / Venice

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Italy / Rome

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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 Paris and out of Rome ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). 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 Rick Steves Best of Europe guidebook.