• Eiffel Tower and Parisian skyline, Paris, France
    Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral 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

from $2,995 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $925

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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
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Costs not covered: As this is not a guided tour, you will be responsible for the cost of all your lunches, dinners, drinks, admissions, sightseeing, and non-group transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Sightseeing notes

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

Day 1: Welcome to 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 Notre-Dame Cathedral* and exquisite Sainte-Chapelle*. 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 to stroll around the town's center, rent a bike for a ride along the Côte d'Or vineyards, enjoy a wine tasting, and/or savor the rich regional specialties over dinner. Boeuf bourgignon 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 — 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*, 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

Gary

Stanwood, WA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second My Way Tour and our seventh trip to Europe. We travelled with friends who had never been to Europe. Taking a My Way was an excellent opportunity to introduce them to Europe without all of the transportation and accommodation headaches/planning. We enjoyed the various stops but felt like we never had enough time in any one spot. Even though we stayed overnight by the time we got to our destination it was late in the afternoon. We enjoyed the company of all the tour members

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Revisiting Lauterbrunnen and staying in the same hotel that we stayed in on our first My Way tour in 2004. We also visited with our daughter's friend who lives in Wengen. We had never met him and only learned about him about a half hour before we left to catch the train. We found him by the tennis courts and he gave us a brief tour and history of the town."

Nancy

Penticton, BC

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, our experience was terrific, a large part due to Tim, our Tour Manager and our coach driver, Michel. Tim's personality, friendliness, welcoming everyone and every question, comment, concern with utmost sincerity and real interest was truly impressive. Tim worked constantly to include everyone, communicate clearly what was happening for lunch stop, bathroom breaks, great points of interest, history and scenery comments along the trip were greatly appreciated!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So, so many wow moments, but probably, two, were the Lauterbrunnen area of Switzerland and coming into Cinque Terre. Wow - beautiful moments that we would re-create and re-do in a heartbeat."

Vickie

Kane, PA

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our my way Europe trip was wonderful. Not one thing negative to report. Our tour leader Tim was excellent. I loved his personality . He was knowledgeable, professional but lots of fun. Our driver Michele was awesome. A great safe driver and professional and also lots of fun. The team of Michele and Tim was a great connect. It was the first time they had worked together but you would think they had been friends for years. Our hotels were in great locations. Close to mass transit and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a wow moment...my first trip to Europe and everything was such an awesome experience."

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."

Judy

Andover, MN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised at the makeup of this group.I really enjoyed being with people of all ages from 30's through late 60's. Everyone was polite, engaged, relaxed, and outgoing. I did not realize that the scenery as we traveled on the bus, would hold so many good views, castles, and other things. That was an added plus since we did spend several hours on the bus traveling between countries. I actually needed bus time to "relax" between the cities we toured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen view from our Hotel Staubbach!"

Kim

Eagan, MN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and first tour. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Europe. Taking the My Way eased my mind of figuring out an itinerary, finding hotels and transportation. Our tour manager went above and beyond to make our experience the best it could be. We had a good group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing historical landmarks in person that I learned about and have seen on tv."

Debra

Eagan, MN

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am still thinking about the tour - so I would say this was an experience I will always remember. This was my husband's and my first European trip and first tour. The My Way was everything we hoped it would be and more. The motor coach was comfortable, the driver was exceptional and interacted with everyone. Our tour manager was outstanding and the countries visited on this tour covered the major highlights to give us a taste of Europe and wanting more. We had a good group of people too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I have to pick one - for me it was my first glimpse of the Alps in the distance. Seeing Switzerland and the Alps has been a dream of mine."

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."

Vicki

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I wanted to experience safe navigation, lodging, dining and touring in several countries. I loved the opportunity to have all this with the independence to choose and explore each place on my own. The "My Way" tour was the perfect choice for me! Our tour guide, Tim and bus driver Michele were exceptional and made everyone feel comfortable and well-prepared prior to arriving in each location. Variety of cities, countryside, hamlets, history and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being prepared to experience each place with confidence and ease, there were many wows- Swiss Alps, walking through historic Paris and Rome, eating dinner with the locals in Beaune, and enjoying Octoberfest with a local German family and other world travelers. The Cinque Terre villages, terrain and food were incredible. All deepened my passion to commit my future to travel."

Tyree

Frederick, MD

Tour: 09/18/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tim was wonderful and provided so much information. A little too much bus time although he and Michaela made the trip very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Swiss Alps"

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."

Charles

Goleta, CA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide......professional, informative and accessible!!Lead with a firm hand when needed but in a very positive mmaaner

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ALPS ?? Once in a life time experience!!"

Kevin

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a great sampler of some of the best locations in Europe. Exactly what I was hoping for. I'm very glad I chose a "My Way" tour, as it allowed me the freedom to approach each location as I wanted, and move freely and quickly on my own, dodging the cumbersome tour groups that clog the major attractions. The Audio Europe app came in handy several times, allowing me to avoid the extra charge at museums for their guide, or as a convenient orientation walking guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland I took the train up to Jungfraujoch. From the Sphinx, I noticed a trail heading up the glacier to a Saddle, and thought to myself "I gotta get there." Ordinarily I would not hike on a glacier above 11,000 ft without crampons and an ice axe, but the Swiss have definitely tamed their mountains more than we have in Washington State. My "wow" moment was getting to the Oberes Mönchsjoch to find another striking view...and a chalet with beer and sausages!"

Patricia

Isanti, MN

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Lisa, really made the trip. She was very knowledgeable and great fun. It was a good trip to find where I would like to return and extend my visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cinquetera"

Paul

Lubbock, TX

Tour: 09/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It turns out the My Way is the format for me! Our escort did, in my opinion, a perfect job of keeping us informed and helping us know how to best capitalize on our time in each location while honoring the My Way format. This tour gave me an introduction to some of the highlights of Europe from which I can decide where I wish to explore further.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's difficult, to answer, but likely the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland was the greatest surprise and possibly my favorite stop on the tour. The rhythm of the tour was great in that we seemed to switch between big cities and more relaxed locales at just the right time, and when we pulled into that lovely town, I knew it was perfect timing for me. It was the most peaceful, serene and BEAUTIFUL place I've seen in a long time."

Nancy

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very well organized. Our tour guide Jody and bus driver Michele made the experience wonderful. Jody provided excellent information, orientations and help throughout the tour. Michele's driving was excellent- especially his parking in Bern. Together, they also provided great entertainment (the "Jody & Michele Show") that made the travel days fun. Hard to believe this was their first time working together. The sites and cities we visited were the perfect taste of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland was stunningly beautiful. It was such a privilege be able to hike this gorgeous valley. My 2nd wow was Beaunne. I hadn't expected such a pretty medieval city in this wine country of France."

Paul

Newton Falls, OH

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great. It exceeded our expectations in every way. Maybe it was just luck but we couldn't have hand picked a better group of traveling companions. Our tour guide and bus driver were fantastic. The "my way" tour gave us the flexibility we wanted for this trip. The time at each location is short but the exchange for this is seeing a greater number of places. The bus rides were not as bad as we anticipated. In fact, it was a welcome rest from the non-stop activity at each location

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. This is a country we definitely want to return to."

Margot

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a really great time. Our tour manager was fun and upbeat without ever being annoyingly chipper. Our driver was fantastic (and really skilled, parallel parking on a curved hill in Bern) and willing to join the fun. Our group got on very well after we got to know each other over the first few days. Every city we stopped or stayed in was interesting and had something different to offer. It never felt like "oh, more Italy", but rather "oh wow, a different part of Italy!". Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen was stunningly, shockingly beautiful. And the higher up the mountains you went, the more beautiful it became. The very air was special. And as a special treat we were lucky enough to see a BASE jumper (our tour manager had told us about them) successfully land. Switzerland seemed very much like western Washington, until we came to the valley of Lauterbrunnen. It's like no where on Earth."

Paul

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a mid-30's couple, we were worried going into the tour that we'd be stuck with a bunch of retirees for 2 weeks. We were happy to see we weren't the youngest couple on the tour, and while we were definitely bringing the average age down, everyone was active and fun to be with. We liked the MyWay format of being able to venture out on our own in each city, but still get some suggestions on things to see/do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the alps in Lauterbrunnen - we had the perfect weather conditions for that day and picturesque views exceeded my expectations. Coming back down from the mountain and waiting for the bus back to town, we saw a BASE jumper fly and land about a block away from us."

Pat

Lakeville, IN

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have done both independent travel, fully guided RS tours, and a combination of the two and IMHO the My Way concept is without a doubt the best of both worlds! We had the benefit of an excellent tour manager, a great driver, and a group of like minded travelers to share experiences and ideas with. Jody was there for us to bounce ideas off or get advice, but we were still able to personalize this tour more than any of our past tours. We were also able to "experience" more by sharing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always a difficult one because truly there has never been a day on any of our RS tours that I didn't find myself saying "Wow". This trip was our bucket list trip hitting places that we had not been as well as revisiting places we wanted to see again, thus the Best of Europe. But without a doubt the entire time we spent in Switzerland was "WOW"! I think because it was so unexpected. One of our tour members summed it up so well when she said "I didn't even know I wanted to go to Switzerland!""

George

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are experienced global travellers, used to making all our own arrangements, and so were a little apprehensive about what a 'My Way' tour might bring. We were very pleasantly surprised. The pace was fast but somehow seemed unhurried, so that visits didn't feel like whistlestops. Crucially, we had a fabulous multi-lingual guide and a wonderful driver which, I think, helped the group 'gel' very well. The trip very much became a shared experience amongst friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"'Don't have a "wow" moment, per se - and would respectively suggest that this is not, for many people, a germaine question. One might after all have a wow moment, but still have a poor trip overall! Rather, we were very fortunate that the whole tour was a succession of unforgettable sights and those shared experiences - like the inexpensive but excellent meals and get-togethers that our guide thoughtfully arranged along the way. Nothing too cloying...just great comraderie."

Susan

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was excellent. The itinerary was very good, our guide, Jodie was wonderful and the people on the tour were friendly and fun to be with. We have traveled extensively but not usually with a tour. We were not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wonderful experiences but it would be hard to top the view from Schilthorn of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau! We had a clear sunny day and the 360 degree view was amazing!"

Randy

North Olmsted, OH

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were hesitant to book this trip. We had been to Europe several times before, and we thought traveling on a bus with people we did not know would be an unpleasant experience. We were wrong. Our group was very diverse. There were retirees, middle aged couples, young couples, children and a solo traveler. There were people from all across the U.S. Traveling with them made the trip better than we anticipated. We are already planning another trip next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering St. Peter's Basilica in Rome."

John

Rocky River, OH

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time.group very compatible. couples did homework for each stop.Bus ride fairly long but views interesting. Cities fun till tour boat customers arrive, then crowded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters breath taking. Have been to Swiss alps before, Brenner pass has great views. Suprised how small heart of Paris and Rome were within walls of old cities"

Lori

North Olmsted, OH

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great travel companions + Super bus driver + Spectacular tour guide = One unforgettable and amazing vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was one big WOW! Swittzerland though is my favorite spot and we had Chamber of Commerce weather the full day we were there. It was spectacular !"

Ken

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are very independent and reasonable savvy travelers but doing a My Way trip was greatly enhanced our experience. Not having to deal with transportation was relaxing and having so access to so much more information about each location (provided by Jody) was invaluable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and Cinque Terre were the two highlights for us but how can you really [INVALID] from such a great variety of locations. Each had wow moments!"

Victoria

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed my trip quite a bit. I liked the additional time in Bern on the way to the Lauterbrunnen Valley (could have used more time there, actually). Even for being as hot as it was in late July, the cities and towns were still beautiful and active and enjoyable. Rome was admittedly harder than expected (a lot of hilly, uneven streets at the end of a long vacation), but was still enjoyable. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get a taste of Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was opening up the doors to my balcony (!) at our hotel in Switzerland to see the beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley, mountain peaks, and an amazing waterfall, all right there in one picturesque view."

Jason

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the ideal way for our family to travel. All the hassles of getting from city to city was turned into a pleasant drive with frequent stops and helpful tips from Travis. The one day after the tour when we added our own leg from Italy back to Germany was a real hassle after having our deluxe treatment with Hilde's bus. We spent pretty much all day that day getting from Rome to Heidelberg.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First night in Lauterbrunnen Valley. Simply wow! The view from our hotel room was magnificent."

Grace

Mansfield, OH

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. As someone who hasn't seen much of Europe, it was a great way to visit some of my 'bucket-list' places on a relatively short trip. I was also surprised by the places that weren't necessarily on my list, but ended up being my favorite spots. (Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland and Cinque Terre, Italy.) Our group was fun and friendly, the transportation and lodging went smoothly, and our guide Travis was really helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few, but it has to be hiking in Lauterbrunnen Valley and looking up at the Swiss Alps. That view left me speechless."

Kelly

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 07/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fantastic, from start to finish. The diversity in the locations (e.g. getting to experience the large city of Paris, then compare it with rustic Beaune) was the most interesting part. I felt like I got to experience a little slice of Europe in several distinct categories, all in 1 trip! The best reason for taking this tour, rather than going on our own, was our exceptional Tour Guide. Travis's random bus chats about European culture made 100% of the difference in our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunen valley in Switzerland. The first word out of most of our group's mouths when getting off the bus was "Wow", followed by more "Wowww". The hiking, fresh cheese, friendly locals, and amazing 360 views made it just perfect."

Charlie

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first time my wife and I did a vacation like this. I have been a Rick Steve's fan for several years and we just thought it was the best. We took the tour with another couple and we continued to say how much we enjoyed how we were able to do it our way. From day one till the very last day from Paris France to Roam Italy we were able to explore new cities and experience new cultures with a great group of people (we now call our friends) and a wonderful escort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a very hard question to ask because every country or town we were in had something special. If I had to choose one it would be Switzerland. We were so amazed about the town we stayed in, the hotel and the absolutely beautiful sights/water falls and views of the alps and the towns we hiked through."

Jason

Louisville, KY

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the first guided tour we have ever taken and we were a little cautious and unsure of what to expect. Our guide, Jesse was absolutely phenomenal and added immeasurable value to the experience. His knowledge, personality, sense of humor, and beautiful hair were all unparalleled.

Kellie

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I do not know where to begin. From the time I met our guide and our group I knew it was going to be an amazing experience. From the bus rides to our hotels and all the fun we had in between was something that I will never forget. Our bus driver Yost was absolutely a top notch guy. Jesse was over the top with not only his knowledge of each of the places we visited but his kind, heartfelt personality absolutely made the trip. Our group was fantastic and we quickly became friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pulling up to our hotel in Lauterbrunnen Valley and seeing it nestled in the mountains was the first amazement. Then the excitement of climbing the Swiss Alps in the Gondala and reaching the top to step out and see the snow covered Alps. What an amazing rush I felt and the view was over the top. Experiencing the Thrill Walk was breathtaking."

Elissa

Millbrae, CA

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We picked a MyWay tour because the autonomy we'd have over our own sightseeing and not feel bound to a group for the entire trip. Well, we all enjoyed each other so much that we ended up hanging out throughout the trip with our new found friends. The MyWay tour also took the stress of arranging transportation and finding hotels off our shoulders with the added bonus of a knowledgeable guide to discuss sightseeing ideas and give us advice from where to eat and where to shop...invaluable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but if I had to narrow it down, I'd say opening up the patio doors and seeing Staubach Falls from our hotel balcony, as well as sitting in St Marks Square drinking in the ambience were just 2 of my favorite "wow" moments."

Jari

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not enough characters to fully rave about how fabulous this trip was! The "My Way" experience was the perfect blend of allowing us to do what/when we wanted to do things, while removing the stress of finding lodging and transportation. We were skeptical at first about the long bus rides, but honestly the bus was so comfortable and allowed for much needed rest between cities/countries. Our guide, Jesse, was also outstanding (and a blast)! His passion and knowledge of Europe were extraordinary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down, Lauterbrunnen Valley(Alps)!!! No words can describe the breathtaking beauty we experienced. The hotel and village were straight out of a movie...doesn't get much better than opening your window in the morning and hearing/seeing a roaring waterfall, tolling church bells, and clanging of bells around cows necks!"

William

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first commercial tour. We had previously done a few family tours that we had planned. I was hesitant to do a group tour because I am not who does well following a group as I tend to stray off on my own. The My Way tour was perfect for us since we didn't have to be concerned with arranging accommodations and transportation and we had the freedom to explore on our own. Our trip leader and bus driver were extremely competent at their jobs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but my favorites were seeing my wife get so excited hearing and seeing the Swiss cattle with their bells next to our Lauterbrunnen hotel and as we hiked along the trails as we descended from Schilhorn . I could see reflections of her inner child in her excitement. Priceless!"

Carol

Bay Village, OH

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the opportunIty to visit a mix of European city and country locations that I had always wanted to see. Our tour manager Travis was very knowledgeable and helpful. Our bus driver Hilda got us everywhere efficiently, safely and on time. I travelled with my husband, daughter and son in law. The My Way format gave us the flexibility to do exactly what we wanted in each location. Our fellow tour members were a lot of fun and we enjoyed running into them at different sights and restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This whole trip was one wow moment after another. Going up in the Eiffel Tower in Paris, taking in the view at the top and inside and out as we walked down. In Switzerland taking train and gondola rides up the mountains, enjoying a picnic lunch with a breathtaking mountain view and hiking down and wandering through picturesque Gimmelwald and Murren. Our gondola ride in Venice and Mass at St Peter's Basillica in Rome were special."

Flora

Turner, OR

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. Our group was very friendly and Travis was an awesome guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland."

Erin

Reading, PA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 10th tour with Rick Steves, but my first MY WAY tour. While a completely different experience, it was still fabulous. I feel that the tours, My Way or Guided, allow us to use our time wisely, avoiding crowds when possible, having us stay in great locations, and we always have an EXCELLENT time. Our tour manager, Travis, was fabulous. We enjoyed his stories and enthusiasm for travel. Rick and his team provided us with the tools for yet another fabulous European trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite thing about taking a Rick Steves Tour is that EVERYDAY is a WOW! Everyday there is something that takes your breath away. Some days it might be a small thing like the view from the McDonald's rest stop in Austria. Other days it might be something bigger like seeing Venice for the first time."

Autumn

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the "my way" tour and ability to design our own itinerary. Traveling by bus was perfect: able to relax and enjoy the scenery. Our driver, Hilde, was fantastic and her bus clean, comfortable, and spacious (with just 28 tour buddies). Tour manager, Travis, gave interesting country introductions and really helpful city orientations and rest stop guidance. All stops were engaging in their own way, good diversity. Loved hanging out with new travel buddies. All around high five tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moments: Eiffel Tower glittering at night, Paris city bike tour, and chocolate croissants. Monterosso/Cinque Terre seascape and hiking, and seafood and gelato, yum. And especially the magnificent Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Gregory

Bay Village, OH

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd never been to Europe for vacation before so I wanted to see and do as many things as possible. Not so much museums, but just get a feel for different places. So the My Way tour was the perfect way to do it. 7 places in 15 days without having to worry about how to get from place to place and where to stay. It was fun having a group to travel with, the bus was great and not too crowded, and it was great having a tour manager to look out for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel tower and how it was constructed. It was a lot different than I imagined. What I really liked though was arriving at the Eurostar train station in Paris and being hit with instant chaos. It was very exciting. Also, walking around the Eiffel tower at night and taking a boat ride down the Seine river at night and seeing so many people sitting on the lawn and river bank eating and drinking wine and playing music."

Lauren

Potter Valley, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour itself was great. The destinations were gorgeous, the other travelers on the tour were so nice, & our guide couldn't have been better!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was walking into St. Marks square in Venice & hearing my favorite opera song being played by an orchestra. It was very overwhelming in the best way possible!"

Hannah

Potter Valley, CA

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience with this tour was amazing! Travis was excellent on giving advice and recommendations for upcoming stops and when we arrived there. The orientation walks he gave to give an overall of our stops we're such a great idea to help us learn where important sights were. For my first time to Europe this was a great way to do it giving us freedom to do things as well as guidance!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment would have to be going up in the mountains when we were in Lauterbrünnen, Switzerland!"

Tim

Chicago, IL

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was incredible. The "My Way" was perfect for those who do not want to be held down by a strict schedule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland."

Juliana

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really fun and cool and just pretty chill overall????????

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I first saw the Eiffel Tower I got super excited and freaked out so yeah that."

Steve

Dripping Springs, TX

Tour: 06/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we were a bit skeptical at riding on a bus all over Europe, the trip turned out to be such a joy. The 55 passenger bus was only filled with 28 people, making it very very comfortable. We stopped enough to make it very bearable (about every 2 hours). The cities we visited were really awesome. The tour manager (Travis) was first class. Hotels were great for the most part (some had no or very weak A/C, and we happened to be there during a heat wave... But we survived it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Our entire trip was just perfect. The bus was a comfortable surprise. I guess seeing the Eiffel tower light up at 10PM was pretty cool. Seeing the ancient history come alive in Rome. and on and on. We used the Rick Steves Best of Europe guide book to plan our "My Way" tour and it was awesome."

Penny

Somerset, KY

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the My Way format. The amount of time in each city was perfect. Great group of people who were all pleasant and fun to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Venice. Beautiful and unique city."

Michael

Tremont, IL

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw a lot, did a lot and were on the go all the time. The hotels were all good with a flare for the local communities. The bus driver did an excellent job of getting us safely to our destination, even ahead of schedule. Our guide was available to answer questions and offer tips for activities and sites to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Coliseum and Forum. Knowing about the history and all that went on 2000 years ago, it was awesome to see these places, imaging all that went on at that time. It is amazing how well they have withstood the decay that comes over all those years. The architecture and construction of that era has withstood the test of time and is still being used today."

Mary

Napa, CA

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted a grand tour of Europe and that is exactly what I got. I was unsure about the unguided experience because I did not do as much research as I could have. But, everyday was full. Jody gave us plenty of guidance so that our days would be full if we wanted. I LOVED Paris. I loved the culture. They are so very social! Every evening the cafes were full. This is so good for a being. The Eiffel Tower was a delight every time I passed by. The metro is definitely worth figuring out. Cont.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I walked +20,000 steps on the days I did not use the metro. My favorite museum was D'Orsay. I stayed there half a day admiring the collection. And they have a cafe or restaurant available when you're spent. I loved Switzerland. Just breathtaking and so serene. It was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of Paris. I went UP to Schilthorn. I was a little bit scared of the ride. Cont. 3. The Pantheon was spectacular in Rome. You have to see it to believe it. And even then... unbelievable."

Don

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing. Could never have gone that distance and experienced that many cultures in two weeks on our own. Jody, our escort was great and ever so helpful and fun, as was our driver Phillips!!! Loved every minute!! And our group was diverse but really fun to get to know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Number one: arriving at the beach in Monterosso. Weather was "beach perfect". Number two: Lauterbrunnen in Swiss Alps. The cattle drive by our hotel on Sunday morning-will never forget those clanging cow bells. Loved the stop in Bern. Just wish it wouldn't have been a holiday so stores were open."

Linda

Fayetteville, NY

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My daughter 22 and I went on this tour together. We really had a wonderful time and enjoyed visiting all the different cities. The location of the hotels were great and the bus we were on was very roomy. Our tour director Jodi was delightful and enthusiastic and she did a wonderful job!!! Phillip our bus driver did a great job too!! Everyone we met on the tour was very nice. It was nice bumping into different people that you knew walking around the smaller towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland watching the cows being herded through the Swiss village at 6:30 in the morning with the waterfall in the background and the ringing of the cow bells. It was a magnificent sight!"

Ellen

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I could never have planned this tour on our own. So much thought was put into every stop. Jody did a great job preparing us for each location. Our group could not have been a better mix. It will be a vacation we will never forget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. However, I looked forward to Switzerland and was not disappointed. Three things stand out in our Swiss visit: (1) Village of Gimmelwald: what a peaceful, pastoral place. (2) Watching the parade of cows marching through the village of Lauterbrunnen, their bells a great way to wake us up. Love the child leading the parade and the child at the end. (3) Gorgeous views of the Alps from Murren and Schilthorn."

Jane

Tremont, IL

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the My Way form of travel. It was so nice to have the transportation and rooms totally planned for us yet be able to plan our own activities. I found the audio guides to be very helpful. I do think there could be more narration and explanation of the sights as we travel. We were told by both our driver and guide that they are not allowed to do this because it is not a fuids tour. It doesn't seem like there would be a problem for them to give us more information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably seeing Venice from the St Marks Bell Tower. We did this our first evening in Venice and I had no idea how large and spread out the city was. My first glimpse of this from the tower was such a surprise!"

Gordon

El Paso, TX

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my third My Way tour (previously Alpine Europe and France). The strong points of the tour is the opportunity to experience three great European cultures (French, German-Swiss, Italian) in a diversity of geographic environments (river valleys, Alpine, rocky coastal, lagoon) and a range of communities (bustling urban, quiet rural). The downside is that to achieve this remarkable breadth of experiences requires a lot of bus time (indeed, two days were spent mainly on the bus).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being an art lover, I spent every free day soaking up the museums. The last stop on the tour was in Rome, and it just happened to be Italian Republic Day. So, lots of Romans left town and went to the beach, leaving the museums uncrowded. I was able to comfortably take in the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel on a quiet Friday evening, and spend about half an hour gazing at Michelangelo's frescoes. Simply breathtaking. An experience of a lifetime."

Alix

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As a twenty-something, traveling with their parents, I will admit that I was worried, not only that I would be the only person my age, but also that I wouldn't have as much fun on the "tour" parts of the My Way. I was wrong. While the tour group did end up mainly consisting of people much older than me, it never really bothered me. At least in my opinion, Rick Steves travelers are pretty darn cool.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland is amazing. We took a tour since most of my family had never been to Europe and we wanted an overview experience so that my brother and I would feel more comfortable coming back on our own. While I would gladly go back to most of the places we went to, Switzerland was far and away my favorite. It's a beautiful country away from all the big cities, and the hiking was incredible."

Deb

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jody and Phillipe exceeded my expectations throughout the trip. I did not expect Jody to provide an orientation to each destination, to thoughtfully help us at each auto-grill and stopping point or to gently point us to sightseeing options that fit our family. Phillipe also offered thoughtful, funny and insightful advice and opinions that better helped us understanding context for some of what we were seeing and experiencing. What a wonderful addition to our trip. Thank you!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I was taking my adult kids and husband to Europe for the first time, my biggest "wow" was seeing sights that I had seen before through their eyes. The biggest completely unexpected "Wow" was when Jody arranged a non-auto-grill stop for lunch in a small town in Italy just over the Austrian border on the way to Venice. We could not have done that on our own. Wonderful."

Susan

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed the sites we visited for 2 nights. It took me a while to get oriented to each new site. I think 3 nights for paris, lauterbrunnen, munich, and rome. Beaune was too quick, also did not get much from 2.5 hr stop in Bern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"sistine chapel. I visited 50 years ago when it was all dark looking. Now it's transformed."

Dennis

Tremont, IL

Tour: 05/22/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

trip was ok. Europe was not a place I wantrd to go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Normandy, not on the tour."

Robert

West Columbia, SC

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. The guide gave us great travel tips and technical assistance whenever needed. He was peppered with questions and was never at a loss for a helpful answer. I really appreciate the my way concept, having the logistical issues (hotels and getting from point A to B) makes travel much more enjoyable by removing the major sources of stress. We loved the opportunity to see those places we had never been to and particularly to go back to Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Silberhorn, Jungefrau, Mouchen and Eiger peaks from the window of the Belvedere Hotel in Wegen, Switzerland. If we had lacked any enthusiasm for hiking and exploring the area prior to that, that would have been the cure."

Keren

Covington, LA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It has been my dream to experience the European way of life and it was the Europe Your Way 14 day tour that finally enabled me to accomplish this dream! The absolute thrill of experiencing Paris, Beaume, Wengen, Munich, Venice , Cinque Terre and Rome. We walked, we climbed, we rode a very comfortable tour bus, we rode metros, we rode the city bus, we rode trains and even jumped into a few taxis, with crazy drivers , all under the guidance of Miles, our knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour escort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest "WOW" moment was landing in Paris , seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time ( walking distance from our hotel ) and realizing, "YES", I have finally arrived in Europe !!! Each stop on the tour afforded me many other "WOW" moments , with the final being the St Peter"s Basilica in Rome . Words cannot describe the beauty of that building."

Ann

Los Olivos, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th My Way Tour! I wanted to take my sister to celebrate her retirement without our husbands! I knew it was the perfect way to travel without our spouses. I repeated over half the areas but the second time you see things differently and catch many areas you missed. Miles was exceptional! For such a young man he is articulate and could communicate with any age! My husband and I have booked our first full tour in 2017 but would love to see more My Way Tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was definitely Oktoberfest in Munich! A check off my bucket list! Just being in Europe with my sister for her first trip was the best! I wouldn't have changed a thing!"

Elizabeth

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was wonderful. This was the first tour of any kind my husband and I took part in. The hotels were all great, ground transportation organized and convenient. Especially the tour bus. Our driver was great and we actually enjoyed the bus rides. Our tour guide was also wonderful, helpful, and we so enjoyed getting to know him and learn from him. The other people in our group were all having a great time too and we all got along great and made some new friends for sure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments, but I really loved Switzerland and Italy. We hope to go back again and explore more sites."

Kristin

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I'm so glad I chose a Rick Steves tour. Everything from the escort, Miles, to the locations and our bus driver, Michele from Jacobs, was wonderful. This will not be my last Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many "wow" moments to list but my very first was coming around the corner in Paris to see the Eiffel Tower."

Jayne

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish this trip was perfect for me as a first time European traveler. Our guide was so helpful and very approachable with our many questions. This format of My Way tours best met my type of travel experience. Thank you for making it all so special!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been asked that several times since being home. I share with everyone that each place has something special for me. I was "wowed" throughout this trip."

Lizlynne

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations. Great guide. Great bus driver. Great tour mates. I'm a very busy woman, and this allowed me to book my trip of a lifetime, and while, I did do research, I did not do as much as I could have. My tour guide supplemented beautifully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My great tour mates surprised me. I was a little hesitant about the group and bus rides. Actually it was great. Switzerland and Munich were awesome. Loved the people."

Marleah

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This My Way tour was a great way to travel. All of the things that I don't really want to research [INVALID] how to get from place to place and where to sleep [INVALID] were taken care of for me, and when I got to the beautiful/fun locations, all I had to decide was how to spend my time. Perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps. Absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous, and the village of Wengen was charming and very laid back."

Frederick

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and the My Way format fit how I wanted to travel perfectly. Even though we followed the same path and saw most of the same sights as a regular guided tour would have, we were able to go at our own pace with our own itinerary. We never felt we were without help or advice from our excellent tour guide, Miles, and the logistics of hotels and city transit was taken care of expertly by the tour. Traveling with a like-minded group was an unexpected treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a boring response, but each stop of the trip had at least one "wow" moment. The grandeur of Versailles, the endless views and charm in the Swiss Alps, the Oktoberfest atmosphere, St. Marks Square at night. This doesn't even scratch the surface of what I will remember for a lifetime from this tour."

Hailey

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 09/19/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our trip. The My Way worked perfectly for us, all the arrangements were made, allowing us freedom to explore at our own pace. Having never been to Europe, it was the perfect sampler tour. Miles was very helpful with details and chill. I appreciated his knowledge and tips and it was nice to have help with logistics. Michaela the driver was professional and excellent at his job, nice guy too. Loved the majority of the cities, kept pinching myself daily! Already planning the next one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was a surprise! Found out we have ancestors from the Lauterbrunnen Valley, after posting pictures on FB, so that was a bonus. When we opened our windows from our hotel room, just breathtaking, and we heard out the window, all our group "wowing" too! Bern was a beautiful stop, wasn't expecting it and loved it! Monterosso! Oh my, the food, the warm air, the beaches and umbrellas. It's therapy to swim in the water and listen to the locals and eat the seafood. Must go back for more!"

Melissa

Lombard, IL

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on this very well organized tour. Our tour guide, Lisa, was outstanding on providing great information as we approached each new destination as well as being available at other designated times to provide individualized guidance for tour members. We had a terrific bus driver, Luke, who safely transported us - often through very tricky terrain. We also really enjoyed getting to know the other tour members as we shared our varied experienceso throughout this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overwhelming beauty of the Swiss Alps was breathtaking."

Carol

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What I like the most about this tour was that it was a snapshot of the major cities and countries of Europe at an affordable price. For someone who has never been to Europe, this was an excellent introduction to the majors sites and then some. It also gave us the confidence to return to places we really enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the view from our room at Montessero al Mare. Opening the doors on to the balcony to the view of the beach, the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, it was stunning. We hiked the trail to Vernazza and Corniglia. The views were incredible.The views from the hike from Vernazza to Corniglia were probably the nicest. It was worth the hike."

Loren

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip for us. We had never been to Europe before, and having the travel and hotels set up for us was invaluable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to narrow down, but if I had to choose, I guess it would be Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Jim

Holderness, NH

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a "my way tour" with a very good guide. The "previews" of the area and transportation system were very helpful. The bus rides were too long. We visited a lot of cities but really had only one full day at most of them. I am tall and the bus isn't comfortable for tall people. Also, why have a "restroom" on a bus and discourage it's usage? Overall, we are "my way" people so allow us more time in cities we go to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and climbing in the Swiss Alps even on a cloudy day. Lots of people watching there with the "bird man" and the like."

Ron

Spirit Lake, IA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of travel but seeing four countries was worth it. Visited some places I've been to before and some new ones. Met some new friends and had some very nice times with them. Lots of laughs! Our guide really did a nice job also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower at night!!!!~!"

Robin

Holderness, NH

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the trip was everything we expected. The itinerary was challenging and we knew we needed to keep up our energy level to meet the demanding schedule . I feel that it gave us a grand overview of the many places we wanted to see and share with others. I really enjoyed the group we traveled with on this tour. They were adventure seekers with lots of pre planning experiences to share.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" was Cinque Terra. I loved our beachside accommodations and killer views from the front. We planned a half day hike to Monterrosso then relaxed at the beach after a short boat ride . The weather was gorgeous for outside fun. I would return there again. The other "wow" factor was in Lauternrennan valley in the Swiss Alps. Beautiful mountain hiking , great hotel (Belvedere) and great food. A bit expensive, but for 2 days only."

Norman

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

everything I expected and more

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome beyond all the known places to see and things to do just walking down the street you would see columns and ruins great food, wine and place to be"

Rodney

Omak, WA

Tour: 09/12/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Was great to have the hotels and transportation taken care of. Also to have a knowledgeable guide to assist our local plans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Black and white pasta with mussel sauce in Cinqua Terre."

Barbara

Winnebago, IL

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. I liked the My Way concept. It was fun to hear other tour members plans on how they were going to spend their time in the cites, it made a person do research and be prepared for what they were going to see. That is what made my experience great. I have no complaints. We were a lucky tour having Miles as our tour escort. He was so very patient with all of us, and his sense of humor (so important to me) made the trip loads of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. We had hit the ground running in Paris after arriving from Chicago. By 10PM the first night, we were exhausted, but determined to make the most of our time in this fabled city. We had finished a Seine river cruise and were walking ashore just as the lights on the Eiffel Tower started twinkling. That was a stunning "wow" as it was such a surprise and delight. Wengen, Switzerland, was another huge "wow" for me. It is top on my list of places I would love to return to."

Heidi

Ijasmville, MD

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Miles had recommended that we see the sunrise in Venice and it was something I will never forget."

Thomas

Fishers, IN

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience. The locations for the 14-day tour were great choices. We had visited most of the sites on previous trips but the My Way tour afforded us an opportunity to see our favorite sites without the hassle of making all the travel arrangements.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley experience was most enjoyable. The Mannlichen - Kleine Scheidegg alpine hike was definitely a "wow" moment."

Mary Ann

Oceano, CA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great way to see a preview of Europe in a two week period. Doing the my way tour gave us the flexibility to choose the sights we were interested in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Swiss alps and the magnificent view from our hotel."

Mary

Roscoe, IL

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime! Must be physically fit to take the Europe My Way Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel Tower at night, the museums in Paris and Notre Dame The hospital in Beaune, France. The views of the snow capped mountains in Switzerland. Neuwastein castle in Fussen Germany,St. Marks Cathedral and square, gondola ride, in Venice. Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basillica and Colliseum in Rome. Different sites in each city were my favorite "Wow" moments."

Patricia

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was a phenomenal tour experience. Since I was traveling with my grandson, I was concerned about getting locked into a tour with "older" travelers, and wanted to remain nimble. This tour worked perfectly. I was so glad to have say travel and hotel aspects arranged, so that we could cover as much territory as possible. The fact that our travel buddies were awesome was an added bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment, visually, was standing on our personal hotel balcony in Wengen, Switzerland and taking in the enchanting view. But in the bigger picture, the WOW is behind-the-scenes: the seamless flow and choreography of our non-tour tour details"

John

Ijamsville, MD

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was great. The My Way approach really worked well for us. The organized transportation and lodging took a lot of the stress out of the trip that we would have had to contend with ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opening the shutters at our hotel room in Wengen and seeing the Alps."

Kathy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This "My Way" tour was beyond my expectations. Like most of the group, my partner did not have definite/specific plans for what they wanted to do each day. Miles, our tour leader, worked tirelessly with all of us to make sure we had the necessary information to have successful and enjoyable experiences everywhere we went. We never had to worry about anything (like when Miles secured a private boat to ferry us into Venice when there was a dock strike which otherwise would have prohibited access).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment had to be hiking the Swiss Alps. It's always been a dream of mine, after reading the book Heidi as a child, to tour the Alps. It did not disappoint! From the phenomenal room and veranda we had at Hotel Belvedere, to the perfect weather conditions, to the fairytale atmosphere of the town of Wengen... The immensity of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks right in front of us, contrasted with the depth of the Lauterbrunnen Valley dotted with tiny homes; it was all picture perfect."

Megan

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations. We do not travel often, and this trip was a bit of a stretch for us financially and timing-wise, but we are so very glad we did it. Nearly every day held something amazing for us, and the Rick Steves tour philosophy and management practices set us up for the best experiences possible. I watched other companies' tour groups in some of the cities we visited, and I felt so lucky to be with our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was exiting the gondola outside of Mannlichen in Switzerland to hear this beautiful chorus of bells echoing through the hills[INVALID]it was a herd of seven Swiss cows that strolled right up to us for a head scratch! They even walked with us for a few minutes as we began our hike to Kleine Scheidegg. We had a delicious lunch with new friends from the tour group and soaked in the scenery. We all agreed that no photos would be able to capture the magic of the day."

Melissa

Frederick, MD

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Growing up watching Rick Steves on PBS, I inherently knew this was a brand I could trust even though I have never travelled with the company. I had confidence that the My Way tour would be organized, comprehensive, and well-executed and that our guide would be knowledgeable, professional, friendly, etc. Those expectations were far exceeded and I could not have chosen a better way to experience my first taste of Europe. It was an amazing (hopefully not) once in a lifetime experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ease & comfort of fully prepared travel & transportation logistics and orientations/tips at each stop; the stunning hidden gems of smaller, quieter, picturesque towns (the Cinque Terre, Lauterbrunnen Valley) that "stole the show" from the big city attractions everyone knew they were going to see (Eiffel Tower, Colosseum); the perfect balance between unguided exploration and the safety net of having an expert on hand; the fast friendships made with like-minded travelers."

Nabil

Hermitage, TN

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On the positive side all the information I read in the books was absolutely accurate. The trip schedule was 100% on time. The feed back and information that was given were sufficient and important to us. We enjoyed being independent and all our questions were answered extremely well. The personality and patience of Miles were outstanding. The rhythm of the traveling was little stressful, and hotel rooms very small and difficult to move around. After all, we are very happy and thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The waterfall and discovering my endurance and physical abilities to hike, climb and the scenery."

Toni

Hermitage, TN

Tour: 09/05/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was all I expected and more. The "Europe Your Way" was perfect, because it gave me the freedom I wanted plus the opportunity to spend time with folks who became great friends. The advice given by our tour guide was just enough. Everything went very smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the balcony outside our room in the Belvedere Hotel in Wengen,Switzerland, was breathtaking. The view was like a picture in a polished travel brochure. Amazing!"

Kayla

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I chose this tour because I wanted to travel Europe on my own, but having never done it before, I was nervous. This tour gave me the freedom to do the things I wanted to do, but without the stress of arranging transportation and sleeping arrangements. I also had the comfort of knowing that I could always ask for help if there was something I didn't understand. It was perfect and I was able to see a ton of amazing sights in a short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During our stay in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, we had a cold and rainy day. Miles and John voluntarily arranged a bus trip to a few different sights that did not require standing outside in the rain all day--and it was John's day off! Miles and John truly went above and beyond on this trip to ensure that everyone had a good time."

Carlos

Sandy, OR

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are in our 20s and have always thought that these tours were for an older audience, we had an amazing time and would love to do another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was The gondola ride at night in Venice. It is worth the hype and will never forget it."

Niklas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an absolutely fantastic experience. Miles, our tour guide did a great job. He was always prepared for the tasks that we faced and showed knowledge of every place we visited. He couldn't have done a better job leading us through Europe and is a great image for Rick Steves Europe. The hotels were great, three stars is all I need. The bus rides were good but would be better if there was wifi on board. I really don't have any complaints. I ad the time of my life and I'm only 13!THX

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking around inside and to the top of St. Peters. Wittnessing the power of Catholicism and what it had created. Secondi also loved venturing to the top of the famous buildings in Europe looking down at the city below far and wide."

Pamela

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveling with my adult daughter, we wanted the freedom to go and do what we found interesting at every stop. As a result, this My Way program was a perfect fit for us. All the details regarding where we would stay and how we were going to get there were taken care of. We were able to spend our time fully devoted to experiencing each location in the order and timing we desired. Our guide was a huge help in choosing what we did before we headed out each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reluctantly we visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial in Germany. The "Never Again" memorial placard was quite moving. There were many more "wow" moments during the tour, the sheer scenery and history of Europe is extraordinary. But this particular experience at Dachau, rocked my world."

Eric

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was fantastic! As advertised, RS took all the headache of the logistics out of our hands, so we could simply enjoy. The 'My Way' version proved to be a 'just right' fit for us, travelling with our two sons, ages 11 and 13. We happened to get lucky and our group had another family on board (also with two boys, same ages), so they quickly took up residence in the back of the bus. We clearly had the best guide in the biz as well, thanks Miles!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some fantastic moments for sure, mostly just the chance to see and share some 'first looks'at some many sights with our boys - hard to quantify how fun and memorable that is. For me, if I had to pick, I'd say the city walk in Rome the first night. All the incredible visual feasts (Pantheon, monuments, fountains, friendly walkable streets) were incredible. I'd pick the Trevi Fountain as my favorite, somehow, not sure why - maybe just the massive scale, I wasn't expecting that rounding the corner."

Mollie

New York, NY

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! The My Way was a great way to get a taste of multiple European countries for future travels! It was nice that the locations we went to were different enough from each other and gave us the chance to hike, see amazing sites and swim in the Mediterranean. I loved that with the My Way you had the freedom to make the tour your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Venice. I loved the way the streets were (dis)organized and how you could get lost without actually being lost. When leaving the hotel you rarely walk down the same blocks as the day before. Getting lost helped us find a very cute Venice-esque book shop hidden between streets. Another "wow" moment of mine was Rome. I loved how I was literally walking on history. It was incredible and so hard to wrap my head around the fact that I was looking at walls from the 4th century!"

Mark

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was far different than the ETBD concept of the 1980's with my 60-Day Eurail Youthpass, Hostels and Pensiones, but I knew that going in. Europe's a far different place today with the addition of all the refugees/ immigrants on the streets and hoards of Chinese tours plugging up the sites. A lot of the back doors, are not quaint and secluded any more. The guide did a good job as well as the driver. Hotels???? Most were OK, but for some...I think there are better options out there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day trip circuit from Lauterbrunnen - Grutschalp - Murren - Gimmelwald - Stechelberg - Trummelbach Falls - Lauterbrunnen. It all worked out perfect..hiking..funicular..picnicking..bus"

Patricia

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe so thinking of planning it on my own was overwhelming. Participating in the My Way tour was the best of both worlds. Having the big planning taken care of like which city to go to, which hotel to stay in and how to get there took a lot of pressure off, so that I could just enjoy the city once I got there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several to say the least, but the Swiss Alps were breathtaking!"

Christine

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic trip. We have been to Europe several times in the past and have always done it on our own, using your books. After going on the "my way" tour, I would hate to go back to doing it on our own. This tour takes all the stress out of planning and making sure you know how to get to where you need to be. Our biggest hesitation with taking this trip was the long bus rides. As it turned out, the bus rides were not a big deal at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the Swiss Alps. It is a place we hadn't been to before and it was incredibly beautiful. that being said, I think this trip was the perfect mix of scenic and museum/historical places. My husband and I enjoy different things and it was a nice mix."

Molly

Portland, MI

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The MyWay experience was fantastic. Not having to worry about the logistics of where to stay or how to get from point A to point B made travel that much more enjoyable. A prime example of this is when we had to cancel our trip to Munich. Our guide was the one responsible for handling the travel changes, while we got to enjoy another day of hiking in the Swiss Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a few: - Hiking the Northface trail in the Swiss Alps where we got to hike behind a waterfall. (The hike was recommended by our guide since he knew our ability and skill level.) - Wine tasting in Beaune at Patriache through the tunnels/caves. - The Colosseum and Forum in Rome utilizing the Rick Steves walking tour."

Jason

Portland, MI

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time traveling all over Europe. Our tour guide - Miles - was very professional and personable. He tips and tricks were invaluable in staying safe and saving time. We very much enjoyed our time and would recommend a my way tour for anyone that want to experience Europe but at their own pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to list just one. The hikes/views from the Lauterbrunnen Valley are stunning. Dinner at a local mom and pop spot off an alley in Monterrossa was amazing. Seeing three million wine bottles at the winery in Beaune was unbelievable. And making memories that will last a lifetime are priceless."

David

Toronto, ON

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our family hadn't been to Europe before, so having the "My Way" transportation and accommodation support allowed us to concentrate on the more fun and interesting aspects of our time there. We enjoyed meeting and socializing with the other group members, and our kids became quite close with some of the other teens. It was an experience we'll always remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many highlights, it's hard to pick just one. For me, it would come down to the Eiffel Tower at sunset, our scenic family hike from Grutschalp to Stechelberg in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, or our early morning hike from Monterosso to Vernazza in Cinqueterre, followed by train and boat excursions to Riomaggiore and back. All quite different experiences and all very memorable."

Shelley

Ventura, CA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip provides the opportunity to visit a wide variety of "bucket list" locations. I enjoyed experiencing the combination of big city sights (and all of their remarkable and iconic historical and cultural locations) and smaller towns, which allowed a slower pace and attention to the "feel" of the place. For me, the "My Way" tour is a great option. It allows RS to deal with mundane (but crucial) tour details, while I get to focus on what I want to see when I get there!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For physical beauty, the Lauterbrunnen valley wins hands down. Coming from water-starved Southern CA, the green mountains, the glaciers, and tumbling water everywhere, (all accompanied by the far-off sound of cowbells) were a major "wow." Rome wins for historical sight "wow-ness." Incredible history everywhere!"

Zoe

New York, NY

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. Besides going to London, this was my first time traveling out of the USA, and it was the perfect way to become accustomed to different European cities. In a way, it made them less scary. You hear so much about how no one speaks English, how people are aggressive, how there are an overwhelming amount of pick pockets, etc and traveling with the MyWay tour really took the fear out of it all. I feel like those places aren't so foreign anymore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sight seeing and everything was great (especially in Rome), but my favorite things have to be the little tricks and pieces if information that you would never know unless you had a tour guide. Like how to skip the line at the church in St. Marks Square (genius), that you shouldn't buy water bottles from people on the street because they just take them from the trash and refill (still can't get over that), and just little tips and tricks like that made the experience that much more entertaining."

Rona

New York, NY

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was a perfect way for our family to experience Europe. Though I had been to many of the same locations decades earlier, it was a great tour for "first timers" because all the logistics were taken care of by Rick Steves Tours. The hotels were perfect, the bus was clean, comfortable and made just the right amount of stops, and our escort was fabulous. We were in each location long enough to get a true flavor of the place and to visit most of the highlights each stop had to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was seeing history dating back to the 1st century at the Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano. This should be a must see when in Rome. It is just down the street from the Coliseum (also a "wow" moment and a must see). In general, all of Rome was a "wow" visit for me and a city I hope to revisit."

Zachary

Ventura, CA

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! The places we visited had great variety, I have zero complaints about Miles, the food was great, and Europe was beautiful. Beyond being exhausted by the end, I have no complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've got two... The mountains of Switzerland, and the age/ruins of Rome. Both were, I'd say, equally special. Miles arranged a personal tour with Marta Marsili for my family and I in Rome which I would highly recommend. Her knowledge was impressive and the love she had for her city was infectious. It was the fastest three hours of the whole trip."

Theresa

Farmington, ME

Tour: 07/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beaune because I wasn't expecting anything but this was where we got to know some of the tour members really well and bond with them and there were so many surprises...loved the underground wine cellar tour and tasting, I'd never had a 3-hour dinner before but we did and it was great, and the illuminations at night were so well done. Tied for wow moment was a full day of hiking in and around Lauterbrunnen Valley. I still can't believe I was IN THE ALPS! Surreal & wonderful."

Steve

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Great escort, great driver, great group. Hotels were good, and well located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the stops were good. This visit to Lauterbrunnen stands out."

Cathy

Leawood, KS

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took the My Way Europe Tour July 11th and could not be happier with our choice. Our guide Travis and bus driver Paul were wonderful and made the trip. The entire trip was well organized and advice was given to fulfill our interests in each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many - Lauterbrunnan Valley and Cinque Terre stops were wonderful St. Marks Square in Venice was awesome too"

Rachel

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! Everyone in my family really enjoyed the My Way tour. It was really lovely to have our transportation figured out (the bus driver Paul was excellent and the bus was very nice) and the hotels were in perfect locations. It was nice to be able to do our own thing in each place, but it was also very helpful to have Travis there to give suggestions or help us set up bike rentals or recommend restaurants or sights to see. Each location was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen was a pleasant surprise- we weren't sure what to expect, and it was absolutely beautiful."

Katy

Dallas, TX

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had so much fun on our tour. We knew that we would enjoy the sights, but we really enjoyed our tour guide, bus driver, and group. Travis was so welcoming, fun, and was full of information! We bonded well with him and the other members of our group, which made it an even better experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Heading into Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. It was definitely the most beautiful part of the trip."

Peter

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WE had an absolutely wonderful time with Rick Steve's My Way Europe 14 day tour. Our guide Travis Smith and our driver Paul Kessels really made the trip for us. Their interaction, camaraderie, knowledge, kindness and sense of humor were, in my opinion, the highlight of the trip. Other factors, of course, contributed to the enjoyment of the entire experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides several Wow moments related to the travel destinations (arriving in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Cinque Terre in Italy, exploring Venice, it was the extra wow moments with our guide and driver that stand out. However, what made the trip was Travis and Paul. In particular, Travis organized, from his own kindness, several evening gatherings with the tour in great locations and refreshments and Paul gave his free time in Venice to take us to Murano."

Lynn

Concord, NH

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This experience could not have been more positive. It began with reading and watching many Rick Steves books and watching his videos which were all so helpful. Words cannot express how lucky we were to have Travis as our tour escort. His knowledge of each country was so helpful when planning our time in each city/location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every city/location was truly a "wow" for me. There were so many things about each place that was amazing. If I had to just choose one it would be Switzerland."

Theresa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really a whirlwind tour! Essentially one full day at each stop. Really appreciated it when we arrived early afternoon, which provided much needed additional time to explore. Bern was an unexpected stop over and we were given just enough time to discover its charms. It might have been nice to have other stop overs in cities along the way...however, the cities we had on our tour were diverse and excellent choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very surprised to like Switzerland as much as I did[INVALID]the chance to hike was amazing! However, the biggest "wow" was how totally awesome our tour group was! Who knew a motley collection of strangers could be so welcoming and inclusive of each other? We got to experience each others' excitement over different discoveries, help one another by navigating sometimes confusing city streets (looking at you, Venice!), and share adventures in rest-stop bathrooms."

Rebecca

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely wonderful!! I loved that all the details were taken care of (hotels, transportation) but we still had the freedom to choose our own activities and pace each day. Travis was fantastic about giving us a little history and some cultural information about each place we visited. He was also great about spending time with each group to answer questions and help with a little planning before we arrived at each destination. And Paul, the driver, was also wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had many wow moments. We did something fun and interesting in each place we stayed: listening to jazz in a "cave" in Paris, wine tasting, biking through Munich, hiking in the Alps, etc. And getting to know the other members of the tour group added to the whole experience - something I hadn't anticipated. Great tour, great group of people!"

Robert

Concord, NH

Tour: 07/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beyond on expectation both in quality of the experience and quality, professionalism and depth of knowledge of the tour manager Travis (a.k.a. Bubble) and transportation specialist/secondary tour manager Paul. I believe all on our group stated multiple times that we would sign up for another Rick Steves My Way tour anywhere knowing that Travis and Paul where going to be assigned to the tour. Both made the trip so pleasurable and fulfilling. Thank you for providing us this opportunity!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it but if I were to capture one WOW moment it would be our hiking through the Swiss Alps along Ricks and Travis' favorite trails. Our goal of the two weeks was to sample Europe and experience the culture of every location we travelled to. That we did and more. We also logged each more than 119 walking miles on our endeavors trekking through each of the countries we visited so that we could get a chance to see locals in their natural settings trying hard to embed ourself in the culture."

Dan

Richland, WA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was an outstanding experience. The hotels were excellent and in superb locations for ease of sightseeing. The travel schedule was not too hectic and we never had to get up too early. The bus was comfortable and the planned bus rides were not too long with adequate rest stops. The tour locations were exceptional, even the smaller towns that were unknown, such as Beaun and Monterosso. The tour guide arranged a couple of group dinners that were great fun.The bus driver was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland for sure. The Lauterbrunnen Valley was spectacular, and the views from the Shilthorn were simply unbelievable. I loved everything about this stop - the scenery, the food, the hotel, the people, the shopping. It was my first time in Switzerland and I now want to go back for more"

April

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my family's first trip to Europe. It was a dream vacation for my husband, our two teenage sons and my cousin. The hotels were clean, had comfy beds located in great areas. The mix of large cities and small villages was perfect. The time spent on the bus was never boring or too long. Even though this was the "My Way"tour,we still loved being a part of a group. We made new friends and loved getting together with the group many times during our 2 weeks together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the water taxi we rode into the Grand Canal.I definitely had to pinch myself so I would remember we weren't in Disneyland. The vaporetto we took our first night there. The gelato! We ate a lot of it (I have a tally but won't tell!!) Hiking from Monterosso to Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. Unbelievable moments!"

Ruth

Walnut, CA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think it is important on the My Way tours to have your days planned out well to get the most out of each day. I had made reservations to many places including a cooking class and it helped make it a special vacation. Laurel bought little goodies to share on the bus in each country making it special and she was interested in our feedback. There were several families on the tour some interacted with others more than others but the group got along well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was enjoyable, I am a pretty seasoned traveler and I enjoyed sharing my plans with others. I had made reservations at the vatican for 7 am breakfast with early entry and shared the information with another family and they were able to make a later reservation but were able to get in much earlier than they originally planned. We enjoyed Switzerland a lot and had a great day going to the top of the mountains by train and cable car."

Kirsten

Temple, TX

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my tour guides as well as my tour group members. I loved all the places we went to. I don't have a bad word to say about the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely love Launterbrennan Valley. It was gorgeous and we had perfect weather. My "wow" moment was on the top of Schlithorn and seeing the beautiful Swiss Alps surrounding me. I would go back in a heartbeat!"

Lezlie

Richland, WA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! We thought the stops on this tour were an excellent combination of destination cities ( Paris, Rome)small towns ( Lauderbrunnen, Beune) tourist highlights ( ei Eiffel Tower in Paris, Colloseum in Rome), and new, unexpected surprises ( the Hospice museum in Beune, or the James Bond Museum in Lauderbrunnen. , as well as seeing a lot of beautiful countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The top of the Schitzhorn, seeing our adult children inspired in some of the beautiful cathedrals we saw, the art, and experiencing Europe experiencing the Europe cup soccer competition while we were there."

Argyle

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. Enjoyed the country side between countries. My favorite wow moment was Switzerland & going up on the high tram. Loved Munich. Had a great walking tour of the city. Enjoyed the Palace. Our Escort was really good & tried to make the trip fun.

Valerie

San Clemente, CA

Tour: 06/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our whole family loved this tour. I was a little nervous after booking the tour because I wasn't sure that my husband and teenaged boys would enjoy it, but they had a blast. The format of the tour made traveling to so many places in Europe not only possible in a short time period, but also stress free. We enjoyed planning our own daily activities and also having the opportunity to meet up with members of the group at times for select activities or dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from the tour was Switzerland, both stopping in Bern for lunch, because that was an unexpected surprise, and staying in the picturesque Lauterbrunnen Valley."

Lisa

Fontana, CA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the ability to pick when and where I wanted to go! I also like experiencing a little bit of the different countries I visited. Each country had its unique character. Great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were amazing! One of my favorite days of the whole trip was hiking amongst the spectacular scenery. Would go back there in a second! I also loved the Orsay museum in Paris. Paris is wonderful... OK so were two of the stops in Italy! I can't pick just one."

Diane

Alta Loma, CA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled with a friend on the 14-day Europe My Way June 2016. We had a fabulous trip. We had booked the tour purposely on the day of the Paris attacks last fall. We did lots of preparation by way of reading our Rick Steves books and downloading the audio tours. We bought luggage specifically for the trip from the RS store. We wished we had rolling type of suitcase, though, as it would have made the walks to and from transportation more comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite day was walking in the Alps. We were very fortunate to have a sparklingly clear, warm day. We hiked with six others from our congenial group. It was like being in a dream. We had an equally blessed weather day in The Cinque Terre and unique moments. Another delightful memory will be the night we did laundry in Venice. We sat on the stoop of the laundromat at 11 pm and just took in all the visuals and details of the space and time."

Paul

Blaine, MN

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great cities, driver, tour guide (Travis was great). I have been highly recommending the "My Way" tours to friends, family and co-workers (its the way to go in my opinion for "younger" travelers) Very nice hotels (some outstanding), some a tad small but expected in the European cities we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm going to list two (I think my son would agree). (1) we had terrific weather in Switzerland and our hike in the mountains was outstanding (2) my first time in Paris. we arrived there a day early so had 3 full days there. Really enjoyed the city, people, and the food. The weather didn't cooperate entirely but that didn't prevent us from really enjoying ourselves."

Megan

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very pleased at the overall tour experience. Rick Steves provided exactly what the MY Way Tours promise: flawless logistics, safe travel between cities/ countries and freedom once we were in the cities. We appreciated the knowledge and information that Travis shared, both about the culture of each approaching city but also in terms of recommendations regarding travel plans. We enjoyed the pace of the tour and the locations overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting at the BierGarden in Gimmelwald, drinking a cold beer and staring straight into the Swiss Alps."

Peter

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For first time travelers this was the way to go!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being pointed towards all the places I've read about but not seen."

Pamela

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 06/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As this was my first trip to Europe, the "My Way Tour" worked perfectly for me. The transportation and hotels were all handled, the breakfasts were very good and the information from our tour guide, Travis, was very informative and helpful. Booking this tour took the stress of planning and driving, so that I could enjoy my time traveling. We had a great group of people on our tour, a good mix of all ages. Everyone brought positive attitudes. Our tour driver, Omar was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" was walking out on our hotel balcony in Wengen, Switzerland from Hotel Belvedere, and seeing a spectacular view of the Swiss Alps right in front of us; it was surreal. Beauty beyond words! Rick Steve's staff did a great job selecting all of the hotels on this tour!"

Brandon

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Tour was a perfect balance of structure and adventure. Given this was my first time in Europe having somebody as experienced and helpful as Cynthia gave me the confidence at every new destination that I could tackle my agenda and achieve my destination goals. The overall quality of hotels, guide and driver took any worries away from my mind; I was always well rested, well informed and in safe hands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each place had its "wow" moments being an American we don't have the historical rich culture that each destination provided. From Paris (Palace of Versailles), the Swiss Alps to the Cinque Terre in Italy each place had several things that made my mouth drop. I joked with my wife the trip was like eating my favorite desert every moment, at some point I thought there would be a let down but it never happened. Rick Steve's selection of destinations was spot on in maximizing my enjoyment."

Jing

Yucca Valley, CA

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. Cynthia is the best. She is fun and helpful. I would love to go on next tour with her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland is the the "wow" moment for me. It is a beautiful, clean and quiet. The hotel in Wengen if top. I would love to go back there again."

Edmund

Port Orange, FL

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour (except for me catching a viral bug) was super. Cynthia was a great counselor, coordinator, and facilitator. She was always there whenever we needed assistance.And our bus driver, Dirk, was truly a state of the art professional. We were always very comfortable with his stellar driving skills, and I personally, wondered just how he could be so perfect with some of those hair-pin turns. Both he and Cynthia provided extreme care during a deluge while in Cinque T.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I truly enjoyed the Italy-side of the trip, esp Cinque-Terre and Venice. This was my first tour ever and will be very memorable bc of the efforts od Cynthia and Dirk."

Lauren

Edina, MN

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The ability to just hop on and off the bus and be in a different city was amazing. Not having to worry about all the stress that comes with transportation in unfamiliar places made the trip totally enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment would either be drinking champagne on the Eiffel Tower while watching the sun set over Paris, or being at the top of Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps."

Lissa

Edina, MN

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I couldn't have imagined prior to emabarking on this trip as to how successful it would be. Honestly, I would never travel any other way if Rick Steve's "My Way" tours were available for any country/region in Europe that I was interested in. I am not a tour person. It just isn't the way I want to see the world. But the "My Way" approach was perfect for me and my kids. Just wonderful. How about a My Way Eastern Europe? My Way Portugal? Sign me up!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose.... Walking down the Champs Elysees and people watching - in the pouring rain Biking in Beaune, France in the park - feeling as though I had riddin into a Monet canvas - and then finding the back door to ride in the vineyards Finding the rooftop terrace at the hotel in Monterosso and taking in the view Laughing with my kids at the great scene at the Trevi Fountain in Rome Coming down the gondola from the Schilthorn in Switzerland and watching the paragliders"

Joleen

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered a tremendous amount of ground in 14 days. As my first trip to Europe, it was everything I could have asked for: A sampling of many different special places... some famous, and some obscure. I particularly enjoyed the surprise locations, such as an afternoon in Bern. We had our best meal there and enjoyed experiencing another beautiful part of Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wengen, Murren, Schilthorn... WOW! Even after growing up in Colorado, I believe this is the most beautiful place on Earth. I was very depressed when we had to leave. I would have loved another day here, especially as our experience in Munich was our least favorite."

Sarah Joyce

Redmond, WA

Tour: 05/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary (for people who had never gone to Europe), we like the flexibility ( on the "my way"), nice travel group, awesome escort, niceky located hotels to the tourist spots.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter Basilica gets the most wow from me! But for unforgetable hospitality, Julie - the owner of the hotel in Monterosso/Cinque Terre - earns our vote; we told her that we need to go early in the morning (prior to breakfast schedule at 8 AM), and she actually prepared a picnic bag for us with 2 croissant, 2 oranges, 2 ham &cheese sandwiches, and 2 juice boxes.... Excellent!"

Margaret

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 05/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with our group. We had a fantastic group. I traveled solo, and was pleasantly surprised at how often others offered to include me in their plans. Everyone was welcoming and shared their experiences willingly. We even handled the train strike like experts..a little wine always makes things better! Our bus driver [John] was the best, hands down.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every morning running through empty cities and getting photos of the following places completely empty: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, St. Mark's Square...I could go on! Being in Munich when they won the national championship [again...] was also fantastic, that's something you can't plan to see! I have been to each of the above places before, so during this trip I was able to enjoy more of the unexpected pleasures."

David

Statham, GA

Tour: 05/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip using Rick Steve's, and it was the best experience. We liked the no-hassle of figuring out hotels and transportation. The "My Way" allowed my wife and I to plan our own schedule each day and Travis (our tour host) was fantastic. He provided us the do's and don'ts each day for each city along with tips on how to make the best of our time. Lauterbrunnan and Cinque Terre (Italy) were our favorite spots and we would never have found these with Rick Steve's help.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reaching the top of the mountain (Schilthorn) Switzerland and looking down into the Valley. Also like the five villages in Cinque Terre."

Martha

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tour was a perfect way to explore Europe. All the stressful tasks of planning hotels and organizing transportation between cities were handled, leaving us to focus on each day's adventures. With our Rick Steves guidebooks and advice from our fabulous tour escort, Travis, we explored each new location at our own pace. Travel days provided time to rest and prepare for the next city. The members of our group were very friendly and fun, making a wonderful trip even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the top of the Schilthorn in Switzerland was incredible. The weather was gorgeous, the views spectacular. Another favorite was the hike from Monterosso to Vernazza. Very challenging hike, but the views were amazing."

Weather

France / Paris

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Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Italy / Venice

Venice Weather


Italy / Rome

Rome Weather

Pre-Tour Planning

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

Trip Resources

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

Tour Hotels

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

Transportation

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

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members arrange to fly into 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.

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

When you arrive in Paris, use the Rick Steves Best of Europe guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of French, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Walking tours make a great introduction to any town. Use your Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (or get free podcast/mp3 files), which includes a wealth of Paris neighborhood walks and self-guided museum tours. Check the guidebook for museum hours (some are closed one day per week; some stay open late one day per week).

Remember, you will be in charge of your own sightseeing for ALL destinations on this trip. We strongly suggest you begin planning well before you fly to Europe! To avoid hours-long lines, we strongly recommend making reservations in advance from home for the Eiffel Tower (see our Eiffel Tower ticket tips for tour members) and the Vatican Museums (see your Rick Steves guidebook).

Packing

This tour offers great opportunities to hike in the Swiss Alps and between the Cinque Terre villages. While hiking boots are not necessary, we recommend you bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes with soles offering good traction. You'll also have a couple of opportunities to get wet, so bring along a swimsuit and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel.

We also recommend that you consider bringing a smartphone, tablet, or other device to assist in planning your activities, and to access Rick's Audio Europe app and walking tours.

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