• Colmar, France
    Colmar
  • Reims Cathedral
  • Wine Tasting
  • Beaune, France
    Beaune
  • Vineyards, Pommard, France
    Burgundy Vineyards
  • Chamonix
  • Annecy, France
    Annecy
  • Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Aix-en-Provence, France
    Aix-en-Provence

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Best of Eastern France in 14 Days Tour

from $4,695 per person + air

Single Supplement $925

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The bountiful vineyards, classic villages, and hearty cuisine of eastern France are legendary. Starting in the effervescent Champagne capital of Reims, you'll spend 14 fascinating days with your Rick Steves guide, exploring Colmar's cobbled lanes, Alsace's meandering Route du Vin, Verdun's historic battlefields, Burgundy's fabled Côte d'Or, Chamonix's majestic mountains, and Provence's scenic Côtes du Rhône, ending with a farewell toast in exquisite Aix-en-Provence. Join us for the Best of Eastern France in 14 Days!

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Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 19 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2025 Eastern France tour:

  • Reims walking tour
  • Reims Cathedral
  • Champagne tasting
  • Verdun WWI battlefields
  • Colmar walking tour
  • Unterlinden Museum
  • Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg
  • Alsatian wine region excursion
  • Alsatian wine tasting
  • Beaune walking tour
  • Hôtel Dieu
  • Market day in Beaune
  • Beaune wine tasting
  • Lake Annecy boat cruise (weather permitting)
  • Hiking orientation in French Alps
  • Vaison-la-Romaine Roman ruins
  • Orange Roman Theater
  • Rhône Valley wine tasting
  • Aix-en-Provence walking tour

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of France come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Reims to Aix-en-Provence
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 7 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to France's Champagne Region

Just 45 minutes from central Paris by frequent TGV (bullet) train, the effervescent city of Reims is famous for its royal history, its towering cathedral…and Champagne. We'll meet at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a short "Bienvenue à Reims" meeting. Then we'll take an orientation walk through the heart of Reims, followed by time to get acquainted over dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Reims.

Day 2: All Day in Reims

We'll spend our morning on a walking tour through Reims' historic city center, where we'll learn about the design and history of its glorious Gothic cathedral (more than two dozen kings and queens of France were crowned here over the course of six centuries). The cathedral and its surrounding neighborhood were virtually destroyed during World War I, then rebuilt during the Art Deco age, which is delightfully reflected in the design and décor of Reims' downtown buildings. This afternoon we'll learn about this region's most famous product — Champagne — with a tasting courtesy of a local producer. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Reims.

Day 3: Battlefields and Lessons of Verdun

We'll meet our bus and driver today and take a short drive to the historic WWI battlefields at Verdun. We'll visit the ruins and monuments of one of Europe's costliest battles of attrition, where hundreds of thousands of French and German soldiers perished. Our day will end in France's Alsace region, the ultimate Franco-Germanic blend. Tonight we'll share a dinner of Alsatian specialties in the town of Colmar.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in Colmar.

Day 4: All Day in Colmar

Today is devoted to exploring the enchanting town of Colmar. We'll start the day with a walking tour, wandering over cobbled lanes lined with leaning, half-timbered buildings and learning about the historic importance of the community's canals. We'll wrap things up at one of Rick's favorite museums in Europe — the Unterlinden, home to the Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald. You'll have this afternoon and evening free to explore more of the city's sights and pedestrian-friendly lanes, and to enjoy more Alsatian specialties on your own.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Colmar.

Day 5: The Route du Vin

Let's take off and explore the region's scenic Route du Vin, where colorful villages and vineyards carpet the foothills of the Vosges Mountains — birthplace of the region's very dry Rieslings and aromatic Gewürztraminers. Our first stop is the imposing Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, perched sky-high in the Vosges Mountains. After lunch in a small Alsatian village, we'll wander through the vineyards and find the perfect winery to sample some local varieties. Then we'll return to Colmar, where you'll have the late afternoon and evening free.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Colmar.

Day 6: A Hearty Taste of Burgundy

This morning we'll drive from the Teutonic tidiness of Alsace to the red-tiled villages of Burgundy and its bustling wine capital of Beaune. After some free time for lunch, we'll hit the ground walking with a tour of the town and its eye-opening medieval charity hospital, the Hôtel Dieu. Tonight we'll have a Burgundian dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Beaune.

Day 7: Market Day and Vineyards

It's outdoor market day in Beaune! Your morning will be free for rubbing elbows with locals sampling smelly cheeses, creamy pâtés, and fresh produce while doing their weekly shopping. This afternoon we set off for Burgundy's legendary and beautiful Côte d'Or wine country, where we'll have a picnic lunch together at a local domaine, along with a tasting of its celebrated harvest. We'll return to Beaune later this afternoon, where you'll be free for discoveries and dinner on your own. Escargots, anyone?

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Beaune.

Day 8: To the Alpine Peaks of Chamonix

This morning we'll make a beeline for western Europe's highest point, Mont Blanc, arriving in the picturesque resort town of Chamonix in time to get acquainted with all the alpine thrills this charming city offers. This evening we'll enjoy a traditional dinner of raclette or fondue together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Chamonix.

Day 9: Free Day in the French Alps

Today is all yours to enjoy the wonders of the French Alps. You can choose among several great hiking trails with stunning views of Mont Blanc and a supporting cast of Alps that seem to stretch forever. For one of Europe's great alpine thrills (weather permitting), take Europe's longest vertical gondola rides up to the 12,600-foot Aiguille du Midi viewpoint. From there, mini-gondolas take travelers over the snowfields and on to Italy (and back)!

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). No bus. Sleep in Chamonix.

Day 10: From Peaks to Provence

Sit back and rest those hiking muscles as we spend our day driving south to sunny Provence, enjoying the countryside along the way. We'll stop for lunch and a boat ride in exquisite Annecy — hands down France's most beautiful lakefront town. We'll arrive at our history-rich, Provençal destination of Vaison-la-Romaine in time to get oriented and enjoy dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Vaison-la-Romaine.

Day 11: Roman Provence

We'll spend our morning sifting through the 2,000-year-old site of ancient Vaison-la-Romaine. There we'll tour the ruins of a sprawling Roman mansion and the 6,000-seat Roman theater that's still used for performances today. Consider this a warm-up act for the most impressive of all Roman theaters — the Theater of Orange — which we'll drive to and experience this afternoon.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 1 hour. Sleep in Vaison-la-Romaine.

Day 12: Vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône

This morning, we'll drive through some of Europe's most picturesque villages and vineyards as we make our way to one of our favorite wineries. We'll stop there for a refreshing lunch and the chance to sample some formidable Côtes du Rhône wines at their source. Then we'll return to Vaison for free time this afternoon.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Vaison-la-Romaine.

Day 13: Exquisite Aix-en-Provence

Today we'll continue south through Provence's intoxicating countryside, making our way to the affluent, artsy town of Aix-en-Provence, where we'll tour its pedestrian-friendly center with our local guide. This afternoon you'll have more time to explore the colorful lanes, shops, and galleries of Aix-en-Provence before we gather this evening to share travel memories and toast new friends at our farewell dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Aix-en-Provence.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's an easy 30-minute bus, shuttle, or taxi ride to the Marseille airport. For those staying longer, your guide will be happy to send you off in the right direction and help with any trip-planning needs. Au revoir et merci!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Eastern France in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.

Reviews

David

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was great with 2 or 3 exceptions .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall experience "

James

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved visiting the smaller towns and cities of France (good site selection), food was fantastic and. best of all, our tour guide was the best guide I had in ALL my tours with Rick Steve's

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie - either seeing the Orange Theater or tasting the delicious Brie De Meaux at the restaurant next to the Fort de Douaumont."

Susan

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very friendly, knowledgeable guide, friendly group. The philosophy of no grumps and a friendly attitude to all was definitely evident. Totally enjoyed the route, the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the cathedrals were amazing, especially Notre Dame in Reims. Also, the old town of Vaison de Roman was amazing. When I opened my window and saw the view I was speechless! As I walked the streets of old town, I expected a knight on a horse to come around the corner. Loved it! I took walks there as often as possible."

Robert

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Eastern France Tour was exceptional. Our tour guide Virginie was superb - extraordinary deep of knowledge about French history, culture, food, wine, and the regions we visited. She was both enthusiastic and entertaining. We are grateful how she taught to relate to the French -- to avoid the "French frown". We enjoyed visiting the small villages and wineries. Our tour group was great, and we all got along so well. So many wonderful memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On this tour there were so many “wow” moments. Here are a few. First, my wife went parasailing in Chamonix – so thrilling and peaceful. I was at the landing location to capture her last 10 minutes in the sky and as she landed. Second, our dinners were excellent. Also, Virginie’s restaurant recommendations were first rate. Third, we were thrilled to visit Steve for a “surprise picnic” in his French countryside home. Both Steve and his 99-year old father entertained us. Fourth, the Mourchon "

Janine

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Daniela had a wealth of knowledge about the countryside, wines, castles, churches, history and paintings. She always helped us see through the perspective of the other which I appreciated. A good guide makes the trip. Spending time in each unique small town and wandering the streets was magical. The walks varied from war sites to castles, vineyards to olive groves, churches to shopping sites and old resorts villages to ancient Roman sites. Great trip, thanks Daniella and Rick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The vineyard tour in Vinson-La-Romaine with wine tasting and an amazing lunch in a beautiful setting was one of many WOW moments."

Nicole

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided us with experiences we would have never had on our own. Our guide, Daniela, was very amazing and provided us with history and context everywhere we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a count serve us wine and gougeres in his castle was something I will never forgot. "

Earl

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable, Daniela a superb tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Chamoniux and any of several castle tours."

Rob

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was special because of our guide and the interesting group of 28 fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alpine Peaks of of the French Alps"

Eileen

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a wonderful trip filled with good food, friendly tour mates, interesting experiences, fine wine and fun adventures. Our tour guide, Daniela, led us through lovely small towns where we were able to learn about wine and champagne production, visit a chateau, take a gondola up the mountain in Chamonix, and have a boat ride in Annecy, among other activities. We saw the Ossuary in Verdun, Roman ruins, expansive vineyards, and inviting outdoor markets. There was also relaxing free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many “wow” moments, but two of our favorites were taking the gondola up to the top of the mountain in Chamonix and visiting Chateau de Rully. The views from the mountain were incredible. The chateau tour was fascinating and led by the actual owner. It ended with a wine tasting and a wonderful lunch on the grounds. "

Catherine

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our 7th Rick tour. Great guide (Arnaud). We covered a lot. Food for the most part was very good. (except for the "Alsatian Specialties" dinner night in Colmar. Others commented on this too. Meat selection was way too fatty). Our first, Grand Hotel, Reims, and last hotel Hotel Aquabella were wonderful, and we enjoyed the Plan B Hotel in Chamonix. the rest were adequate but the one in Beaune, Hotel Del la Paix was not good at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit up to Mt.Blanc. Fabulous. "

Mary

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was great. We were with a fun group of travelers, and our guide, Arnaud, was very informative and prepared to guide us through what was a new program for him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The French Alps was awesome. My husband was very wowed by the gondola ride to the top. He looked forward to that for months before the trip. I know that is a big highlight for many people, but I found it terrifying, so my wow is a backwards wow. I really loved shopping in the market to buy food for a beautiful picnic we had after a wine tasting at a chateau. "

Brent

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the pace of the trip, the sites selected, the food, and our traveling companions. Couldn't ask for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Buying food at the market in Beaune with the afternoon wine tasting and picnic on the grounds. It was a perfect day! "

Stephanie

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this tour, my 10th RS tour (I have loved them all actually). Our guide, Arnaud, was awesome, our group was friendly and mixed well. Our tour was like a super field trip of history, culture, food and wine. Already looking forward to next spring’s trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Museum of the Rendition in Reims. Not on the tour, but recommended by our guide for our free time. Wow- I read about these events in high school history books, but this was heart rending real. "

Robert

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very enjoyable tour experience with great wine and great scenery. The least intense Rick Steves tour we have taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the Aiguille du Midi!"

Leann

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The best tour guide, the nicest people in our group and many wonderful experiences that we probably would have missed if we were traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Alps was a highlight for me. Every place we stayed had something special!"

Kathy

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been to France on the RS Paris and the Heart of France tour a few years ago but not to eastern/southern France.. The Eastern France tour was more focussed on vineyards and less on cathedrals and museums which I appreciated. Lots of rain in a few towns (most notably Chamonix) but can't control the weather! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable in so many areas - art, history, food, wine and culture. We had a good tour group too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"no single "wow" moment but I liked the outdoor markets in Beaune and Aix-en-Provence and the side trip to see the olive oil and Santon maker Denis out of Vaison-la-Romaine. The trips to the vineyards and wineries were great too."

Robert

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

who- great group, fantastic lead guide....when-nice time to travel with lower crowds and overall good weather....how-bus was brand new with a friendly driver.....where-who could not like Eastern France...why-to have another RS tour, of course.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was getting a glimpse into the life of the WW 1 soldiers who fought at Verdun. "

Karen

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed all the towns on this tour, most we had not visited before. We enjoyed our tour guide Daniela immensely. She was funny and very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The luncheon at Mourchon Winery in the Côtes du Rhône region"

Sharon

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group of--what turned out to be, I believe--very kindred spirits were the lucky recipients of Guide- Extraordinaire Daniela Wedel's encouragement (she empowered us) to immerse ourselves fully in the delights of the diverse regions' arts and culture that we encountered, as we zig-zagged our way through Eastern France. Daniela's intelligence and dignity, along with her charming good humor, served as our passport for royal treatment at our lovely stays, in restaurants, and on our special tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, my gosh. Who could name just one? Maybe I'd say the "wow" came with the realization we were off the beaten tourist path enough to have to use our best school kid French, as we roamed, what seemed to be, very authentic, wonderfully everyday neighborhoods and their welcoming people. "

Paul

Tour: 04/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was great as always, this was our 6th Rick Steves' Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the great French food and how friendly everyone was that we made contact with. "

Robert

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had an excellent time with Julie as our guide. She was exceptionally knowledgeable on the local history and organized with helpful tips at each stop.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every stop had a WOW moment, but my favorite was the walk through a vineyard discussing the details of the grapes, soils, harvest timing, etc."

Samuel

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves, and our first time to Europe. It was an incredible experience and a WONDERFUL way to enter into European travel. Our guide (Julie) was incredibly knowledgeable, she advocated on our behalf with shop owners/local guides, and pointed us towards the best experiences during our free time. The towns, sights, food, and wine were wonderful. The bus time was minimal, and travelling from region to region made one feel as though they had visited several countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best "wow" moment for my wife and I was definitely when we visited the twelfth century "Chateau de Rully", which is a castle that the original family line still lives in and upkeeps! We then had a picnic in the 16th century barn within the castle walls, and sampled the Chateau vineyard wines in the Medieval kitchen. This was a very special day, one we will not soon forget. "

Heon

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 12th trip to Europe and the first Rick Steves' Tour. We tried to avoid the group tour because it tended to be superficial, but not this one. My wife and I very much enjoyed the tour and learned a lot from it. It was outstanding. The highly dedicated tour director, superb driver, and great fellow travellers all contributed to our memorable experiences during this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments, including Julie's knowledge and caring, David's unbelievable driving skills, and of course our lucky ride to "Aguille du Midi". Not an wow moment but the most impacting moment was the visit of the Battlefields of Verdun. It happened during the WWI, and unbelievably the another trench war of attrition is going on now. The thought was hauntingly following me during the tour."

Bruce

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susan

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was wonderful! Great guide, beautiful accommodations, wonderful destinations, and the food was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is kind of a +/-, but my husband became sick on the tour, our guide Julie was SO helpful in getting medical attention, and my group was so supportive! They all wanted to know how he was doing, and when he was able to do activities again, they all welcomed him back! Like friends. Sorry, I'm sure you don't want to use this for a promo,but it does happen!! :)"

Robert

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our Eastern France trip with Julie as our guide. Besides her relating our visits to the various locations with French history and culture she, as an American living for many years in France, was able to relate their educational, economic and political system to what we are familiar with, which made the experience more immersive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed many moments, but we were able to experience 3 French markets on this tour. Each was quite an experience. It was fun having the tour group help shop for a picnic at a winery one afternoon. We got to try many things we might not otherwise have a chance to. "

Randall

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent guides, hotels, sights. Julie , our guide, was exceptional. She even "arranged" for a fly-over by the French version of the Blue Angels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but one that was extremely pleasing was the fact the entire group bonded immediately and remained for the entire trip. Being surrounded by friends magnified the experience."

Bill

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well-planned and executed. Everybody was on time; local guides were ready and prepared. Julie made sure this was so and she offered some fascinating information on the culture and political economy of France, particularly the school system which her children attended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Orange - the restored Roman Theatre (one of only three - or 2?) in the world. Informative context and detail in the audio guides and some incredible 3-Dish projections of what the theatre looked like, especially with the columns and various marble and colorful paints."

Hermine

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve’s tour. We appreciated the organization, the enthusiasm of our leader and guests, the clarity of our responsibilities in helping everyone to have a great experience, and most of all the beauty of the Country of France! I was not expecting the amount of history presented by the tour guide, Christine, especially on the bus trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on top of the world in the French Alps. It was a thrilling experience on a stunningly beautiful day! "

Tracy

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Wonderful guide, wonderful bus driver, nice hotels, outstanding food and wine (hey, it's France!).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. I'm a nurse, so I was particularly interested in the Hotel de Dieu."

Barbara

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cobblestone villages, half timbered houses, ancient Roman ruins, vineyards clinging to rocky soil, wine tasting and education, historical and cultural information that shaped the region; all this in one trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix and Mont Blanc have to be at the top. Clear sky's and warm weather meant the lift to Aiguille du Midi whisked us up to breathtaking sights of daring climbers and deep crevasses. Charming Chamonix with alpine buildings and flowerboxes, outdoor cafes hugging the glacial blue Arve river, lies in the valley at the foot of stupendous snow covered peaks. To tilt a head and have the grandeur of those snow covered mountains in full view, from anywhere in the city, was stunning."

Dave

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very well organized Chris was knowledgable, kept us on time and made it fun. She is outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mto Blanc"

Mary

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a terrific tour guide- Chris had so much great information about the areas of France that we visited and was so patient and attentive to what everyone needed. She was so enthusiastic !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Blanc! and our fabulous room with the deck right next to the glacial river with the French Alps right across the river! ( Great staff at the Hotel L'Arve! and a terrific breakfast as well."

Dayle

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great guides. great transportation (clean plush coach), well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Blanc, chamonix and associated hikes"

Richard

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Chris, the tour leader, was outstanding - both informative and cheerful she kept everything going in the right direction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was on the viewing platform, relatively close to the peak of Mont Blanc. We got to see mountain climbers approaching the peak while, looking further down, seeing paragliders launching off the side of the mountain. Second best "wow" was the boat ride on the beautiful Lac d'Annecy."

Mary Ellyn

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides, Steve and Richard, brought an interesting perspective. Steve with his years of experience living in France combined with his Rick Steves' company history of writing and updating the guide books, hiring and training tour guides, leading tours and his love of France provided unique insights about Eastern France. Richard added to the experience with his enthusiasm and his knowledge of France having been born, raised, and educated in France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The variety of wine and champagne tastings from small family run wineries to the long history of the chateau with a tour conducted by a count. Each winery/champagne house that we visited had its unique story, delicious tastings, and gracious hosts."

Lauren

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Before we even started the tour, we knew we'd hit the jackpot with Steve Smith as our guide. We were also lucky enough to have Richard as his tour guide in training! From day one they, along with our driver Luc took such great care to give us the best information and to get us to our destinations safely. If there was a problem it was always taken care of quickly and efficiently. Once again we had a great group of travelers and there was no shortage of wine or fun on this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had fabulous weather on our tour, so our visit to Chamonix and the stunning scenery was hard to beat! Loved the quaint town of Colmar and our beautiful lunch and wine tasting in Domaine de Mourchon. The weather, the food and wine, and the people we met along the way were all amazing! "

Carol

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded our expectations. With champagne and wine for one of us and mountains and history for the other, we both would up extremely happy. In addition, we had the best tour guide for France that there is with Steve as well as the son of the another "legendary" tour guide Richard as his apprentice. That and magnificent scenery, history and everything else a tour should have, and it was truly an outstanding tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was unreal! Of course, it didn't hurt that the weather was blue skies and sun for our entire visit and the whole tour for that matter. Not many places I had been to date could exceed the wonderful mountain scenery of Washington State, but this place did (still need to do the Switzerland tour). Of course, the marvelous champagne, red wine, white wine and food didn't hurt either."

Maryellen

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very active tour with lots of “extras” that Steve and Richard arranged. One of the best tour groups we’ve travelled with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out at Mont Blanc from the top of the gondola in Chamonix."

Bridget

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"marche en plein air"

Terry

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well-paced and diverse tour that allowed one to get an up close and hands on experiance of Eastern France from north to south. It included a range of interesting activities from battefield and architecture tours to wine tasting and samples of the various local cuisines, and an amazing Alpine experience as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" It has to be the complete experience of the ride up to and the views of Mont Blanc from the Aiguille du Midi. The picture perfect weather helped to make this truly a once in a lifetime experience. "

Lisa

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We toured four very distinct regions of eastern France and learned about the history, architecture and culture and of course, sampled plenty of the wine and food from each place. What’s not to like? Chris Coleman is an amazing tour leader. The tour group was a lot of fun. The pace was perfect. The weather was great. I think I always say this, but this was my favorite Steves trip to date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed visiting the small vineyards and sampling their wine. The Mourchon vineyard was especially memorable and the lunch they served on their patio was the best. Chamonix and Colmar were both amazingly beautiful. The Hotel Dieu in Beaune was so impressive. There are just too many “wow” moments to list. "

Jane

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything--our awesome guide, fellow travelers, everywhere we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but if I have to choose one, our day in Seguret at Morchon and our incredible "picnic" afterwards."

Ron

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC "

David

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth tour with the RS organization. We have also toured with other smaller companies, and while I would rather see a bit smaller group than 28 people, this trip was second only two our initial trip to Turkey back in 2017 with you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments on our trip, but the two favorite were in Chamonix as we went to the top of the mountain on a crystal clear morning, took the elevator all the way to the top level where we could see for miles around and step out into the glass box that made us feel like we were flying. Secondly, I had the best hot dog ever - the jalepeno and cheddar dog at 'Cool Cats Hot Dogs' a couple blocks from the hotel."

David

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all arranged. No time wasted figuring it out or getting tickets. Chris and Rick Steves had it all curated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of a winery in Burgundy. The buffet lunch was unforgettable."

Mark

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guide Virginia spectacularly enhanced the entire experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monte Blanc"

Beth

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another amazing Rick Steves tour! I enjoyed the wide variety of cultural experiences, from the wineries to the food to the castles and the Roman ruins. Each town and village was unique and distinctive. Our tour guide, Virginie, is an amazing ambassador for eastern France. She is knowledgeable, has a great sense of humor, and went out of her way to make sure everyone had a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine, the cheese, the food! I especially enjoyed meeting the men and women who own and operate the vineyards and who so graciously allowed us to tour their fields and production facilities and shared their love and knowledge of French "terroir" with us."

Janice

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. It was a wonderful combination of history, art, culture and lifestyle. We anticipated an emphasis on the food and wine of this region and were not disappointed. This tour was a perfect jumping off point for more culinary exploration during our free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You know, the luncheon at Steves Smith's home was stellar! We felt so privileged to be invited to his home. However, if I may also add, having Virginie as our tour leader was truly my "wow" moment. Being French and having lived in the United States, she brought such a wonderful and insightful perspective to French culture. She took such good care of us too! She truly was the personal touch that made this tour memorable."

Timothy

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an amazing overview of Eastern France. Our guide Virginie's love of France and its culture (and history, and food, and wine...) was strong, and she truly embraced the Rick Steves style of travel. This was a well-thought-out itinerary that highlighted the distinct regions and cultures of Eastern France. I can't think of any significant areas where that tour could have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food with the tour, and the meals we found on our own, were outstanding. The local wines, from the different regions and both small- and large-scale producers, were terrific, also!"

Cynthia

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was such a great tour, not only because France is so beautiful and interesting - but our guide was one of the best I have had in the 10 tours I have taken with RS

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the light show in Reims - the ride up the mountain was so beautiful!!! An Aix was so beautiful, I see why artist love the light of this area."

Karen

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was nice to get away from Paris and soak up the charm of the smaller cities..the food and the wines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was so beautiful you couldn't believe your eyes "

Mary

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded my expectations.

Tony

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. There were several reasons for that: 1. Tour leader: Chris Coleman fantastic! 2. Itinerary (especially Chamonix) 3. Some fantastic meals (especially winery lunch in Provence/Rhone area) 4. Very little "museum" time 5. Bus time was not huge 6. Other tour attendees were nice, nobody was a problem (which is typical for RS tours) Negatives: Colmar, 3 days too much and the dinner was terrible (charcroute). More time in Chamonix would have been great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was fantastic, definitely the highlight of the trip. The gondolas at Brevent were great. (Aguille du Midi not so much.) Paragliding in Chamonix on our "day off" was over the top good. I know that paragliding is not an official activity; it is not something I ever thought I would do, but I overheard another participant asking Chris about it (while on the bus ride to Chamonix) and it made me curious, so I asked Chris about it and we (myself, husband, and our friend) all decided to do it"

Fred

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was excellent except for some unexpectedly hot weather

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting and buffet lunch at Mouchon vineyard in Provence"

Ward

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed it immensely

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with tour friends at sunset on the terrace at our hotel in Vaison-la-Romaine"

Robert

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very excited to do this tour with my husband, Rob. We had these 13 days on tour and 2 additional weeks organized in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. We took the train from CDG airport the day before the tour started in Reims , but got off the train before the station across from the hotel. We walked all the way from Madison Blanche through the city with Google maps. I thought I had followed all the instructions, obviously misunderstood something. Once we got to the beautiful hotel, great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No way to pin it down to 1. Everyday had several WOW experiences. The trip was well put together and well organized. The people in our group were all very nice travelers with a lot of “get up and go” in their attitudes which made it a very positive experience. Our guide Daniela was and is AWESOME! Her knowledge, personality and attitude was great!"

Ron

Tour: 08/27/23

Jann

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We felt the trip was such an exciting way to see Eastern Europe with others who were interested in this type of experience as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The collegiality of all of those who traveled in our group. Of course, the wine tasting was also a featured highlight that we enjoyed. We loved seeing the vineyards and of course our time in Charmonix was such a picturesque town tucked away in the French Alps to spend time in as some of us climbed, hiked, rode the cable car, while others of us took the train to see such spectacular sites."

Tracy

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful tour with lots of variety and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. I loved finally seeing Reims Cathedral. Being up close and personal in the vineyards/tasting fabulous wines and learning so much about French wines! "

Nicholas

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was so much more than a typical tour. France itself, my fellow travellers, a great leader, and the right attitude made an experience I will remember for a long time. It's not about taking a picture or checking a box, it's about a new experience that allow you to realize something about the world and yourself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps above Chamonix."

Susan

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding trip. The experience was so much more than what I expected after watching you show describing the trip or from the description of the trip online.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many great moments but my favorite was the funiculars in Chamonix and the panoramic cable car to Italy. We had beautiful weather and the scenery incredible."

Nancy

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Daniela was fantastic, and did everything she could to get to know everyone, and make everyone feel like a cohesive group. She hosted several wine tasting happy hours that brought everyone together. The beautiful places that we visited to taste wine were once in a lifetime experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the timing of our visit. We were able to see and taste different types of grapes on the vine as we toured the vineyards -- that was totally fun for me. "

Judy

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Eastern France from Reims in the north to Aix-en-Provence in the south offers a variety of heritage, history, and small town charm. I appreciated the unhurried pace to explore each town and its surroundings. The local guides brought to life each one’s history and essence. Vineyard hosts were gracious and informative. The food was delicious and as usual a wonderful sampling of local cuisines…..and wines, of course. A delightful experience once again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s hard to find just one: from the light show at the Reims cathedral to the poignancy of Verdun to the Bavarian feel and canal in Colmar to the market in Beaune to the breathtaking views of the French Alps and on to Provence, there were amazing moments at nearly every turn and stop."

David

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An absolutely spectacular buffet of wine, history, art, "views", cute villages, social happy hours, spontaneous mini chats on olives, wine tasting, French / German history, etc, etc. Daniela was an incredible guide. These coordinated things were well blended with our own time to fine nice restaurants, to purchase great wines, to take walks, and to shop. If there were 6 stars, I've give it 6 stars

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1) view/outside moment: Aiguille du midi visit; Geez! 2) Vineyards and Wine Tastings across range from Champagnes, to Alsace, to Burgundy, to Cote du Rhome"

Weldon

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the cable car to Italy."

Lance

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Interesting, educational and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wineryntour, tasting and lunch in Provence was the best day of the tour. The Ice caves in Chamonix Mt Blanc were also very interesting."

Patricia

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very nice tour with an excellent guide and interesting activities and sights. Because it travels through wine country there are multiple vineyard and winery visits and tasting opportunities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour has fewer moments that I'd call "wow" moments than other tours. I'd describe the special moments as more quietly delightful or moving. I especially liked the visit to a santon workshop where we saw how the proprietor handmade figurines, modeled on people he knew, for nativity scenes. I also loved the town of Vaison la Romaine and our hotel in the upper part of the town with breakfast outside overlooking the lower town."

Angela

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was really good!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of colmar"

David

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw many things about France that were new to us. We drank lots of wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Beaune and walking around the city at night, watching the images projected on several of the historic buildings in the city. "

Herb

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific tour of some of the most beautiful towns and countryside in France. Our tour guide, Virginie, was fantastic and made every day a new and wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The towns and villages are the wow moment. Getting immersed in French culture and interacting with the local people made the tour truly memorable."

Bonnie

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We did two tours (14 days in Ireland and 14 days in Eastern France) and both were really good. Great guides, good accommodations, good food and wonderful travelling companions

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many highlights to pick out just one."

John

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The conversation on the boat ride on Lake Annecy, sitting across from two sweet, friendly ladys who didn’t speak any English. Surrounded by 32 French children and five daycare workers. Runner up: Theater of Orange"

Anne

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide and driver. Well organized with perfect amount of information and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Time learning from our guide"

Brian

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was very good. We learned a lot, ate a lot, drank a lot and had fun with the members on the tour. The guide did an excellent job explaining French history and culture, and had us speaking French (well better than when we started).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The light show the cathedral in Reims was incredible. The smaller individual light shows in Beaune were impressive too."

Jerry

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The free day in Chaminoix and heading over to Italy via cable car might be the biggest “wow” moment in all of Europe. Everyone should get up early before the crowds and work your way back. Don’t think about the heights!"

Julia

Tour: 07/02/23

I loved this trip and my first experience with "Rick Steves' Europe". The tour book and descriptions were spot on in accuracy of places to stay, places to eat and level of activity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment, other than getting to meet new friends and share experiences. I was standing on the glass bridge looking at Mont Blanc and the awe of mother nature overwhelmed me."

Clyde

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While this tour certainly offers an abundance of sights to see, the focus to us was much more on the distinct cultural experiences that eastern France affords, viewed from an on-the-ground, intimate perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, indeed--we're overwhelmed with choices. But our two picnic lunches at wine estates, each very distinct in both food and setting, are permanent memories."

D'lene

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of my favorite tours - what a fantastic itinerary! Our tour guide (Toni) and bus driver (Luc) were awesome and our tour group was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments but my favorite was Chamonix, enhanced by perfect 10 weather during the day we were there. The gondola ride to the Aiguille du Midi then the gondola ride to Italy was a once in a lifetime experience."

David

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

TONI was one of the best tour guides, new friend, problem, solver, etc. she made our experience even more fun and fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment from our tour was when we visited the top of Mount Blanc in Chamonix. It was an, outstanding, fabulous, experience. "

James

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First and foremost this tour was fantastic if for no other reason then Julie Sonveau and Arnaud Servignat being the tour guides. They were extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way in order to make the trip a memorable one. This is my wife and I's second Rick Steve's trip and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. BTW, we just reserved the "Best of Andalucía in 10 Days" for next summer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a "wow" moment. I love the scenery, the culture, the food and of course the wine. The French people were very nice and accommodating. This trip just complicated my choosing of where I want to live, France or Italy!"

Kirsten

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful and much wished for tour: great itinerary, perfect pacing, absolutely superb and charismatic guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but to see, experience and stand at the top of the world (almost!) on Mont Blanc in perfect weather has to be at the top of my list. It was truly breathtaking."

Terri-Anne

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Julie was fantastic! She was knowledgeable and organized, fun and a joy to be around! She does an amazing job! Tour was well paced and quite active which we really enjoyed. Our bus driver Walter did an awesome job and kept us safe on those narrow streets- very skilled driver! It was nice to have a tour assistant in the person of Arnaud as well- he was a great help to Julie and good addition to the group. We loved our tour group- we got so lucky they were all so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wow moments, but French Alps, Chamonix and taking the gondola across the ice fields to the Italian side was a real high point, in spite of my fear of heights and mild altitude sickness. Loved Colmar, Beaune, Vaison (great hotel with an amazing patio) and all things in between. Seeing all the ancient sites and Roman ruins just amazing throughout the trip! This is a must do trip, and loved being in the smaller towns. We’ve already booked for next summer in Spain! Happy travelers here!"

Jackie

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great people on tour, great tour guide and bus driver. Some of the walking tours were too long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tiny, ancient villages. "

James

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely a great tour of many special locations in Eastern France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The days spent in Chamonix, seeing Mt. Blanc, and touring the area and vineyards."

Robert

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was well planned, with a good mixture of free and tour time. It was made even better by Patrick. He was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one "wow" moment. The tour had a "wow" person, Patrick."

Kathryn

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide (Patrick Vidal), exceptionally compatible and enjoyable tour group, very good local guides, a good variety of places and experiences, excellent mix of history and contemporary life in France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first view of the French Alps when coming into Chamonix - stunning!"

Joy

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful sites! Good variety in the type of places we went. I personally love the smaller, picturesque towns. Just the right balance of group & personal time. Great guide - knowledgeable, enthusiastic, patient, energetic, funny. Lovely group of people on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix-Mont-Blanc was very special and I loved having a whole day on our own (vacation from vacation!) Other high points were the picnic at the castle (a nice break from cafes/restaurants), the boat ride in Annecy (relaxing) and battlefield at Verdun (moving)."

Russell

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall great tour. Outstanding tour guide and fun places to visit

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning how to pronounce Reims. Seriously, I’m always partial to natural wonders rather than man made so Chamonix."

Janna

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was rich in history, wine making and tastings, and loved the diversity of the landscape and influence of bordering countries as we traveled along the German, Swiss and Italian borders. Patrick our guide was nimble, knowledgeable and full of energy as well as being patient and respectful of our individual needs. Our driver Paul was outstanding and also a very friendly and knowledgeable person who we enjoyed learning from. This was outstanding RS tour with a terrific group of fellow travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was absolutely a beautiful mountain town with lovely walks, hikes and gondola rides to get a better view of Mont Blanc. There were so many fun times on this trip. "

Mary

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good people, charming places, excellent guides, and good luck with the weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix! Amazing!"

Peter

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful cohesive group of travelers all of whom were veteran RS tour group members. Toni, our guide, was fantastic. The pacing was a very good mixture of activities along with time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps surrounding Chamonix are stunning and a trip to Aiguille du Midi for the views is spectacular. Many of the towns of eastern France are wonderful, but Colmar was most charming. Many of our meals were fantastic. Two that stood out was a dinner at Le Goret in Beaune; the husband is a jolly chef who dresses in a French knight's uniform and his wife serves the food. Our group picnic following the winery tour at Domaine de Mourchon was fantastic and the outdoor setting beautiful."

Howard

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved seeing this part of France - most of the places we went to were new to me and was enthralled to see the scenery and beauty of the area. Our group clearly bonded as a team and enjoyed traveling with everyone. Would not mind traveling with any of them in the future. The only issue I had was I probably developed altitude sickness in Chamonix that led to somewhat severe dehydration for the rest of the trip. Taught me to do a better job in keeping hydrated!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Clearly Chamonix - being in the Alps and going up to Aiguille du Midi and the cog train to Montenvers. Also, celebrated my birthday in Vaison-la-Romaine."

Richard

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent full time and along the way guides. Hotels, food, travel, itinerary excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chanting a haftorah in Paris (pre-tour)"

Paul

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide - Toni was top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix tram ride"

Earl

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A beautiful, insightful and educational experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the ossuary at Verdun, imagining what soldiers endured and died for."

Patricia

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a relaxing, enjoyable excursion in an region largely new to me with a great tour group and guide. Champagne? Oui! And so much more! Great regional cuisines, wines, sights, and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondolas at Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi and then onto the Helbonner Station"

Kay

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour, exploring beautiful regions of eastern France, with a great tour guide to make it fun, educational and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in a Belfry built in the 15th century, in the medieval village of Vaison la Romaine. The area was gorgeous. "

Paul

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding tour guide. Loved the villages we visited. Liked having 2 - 3 day stays

Marc

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful Rick Steves tour, our fifth. Our guide Steve showed us what real life in France is all about, and shared some very special and personal conversations and meals with the group. Terrific mix of wine and champagne tastings, visiting historic sites, great food, beautiful places to visit, interesting accommodations, really too many things to name. Had a great time with a fun group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Chamonix was great, surrounded by spectacular views of the French Alps. Also the wineries run by Dennis and Kate each provided excellent tours and meals in beautiful settings."

Lisa

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was the perfect trifecta...incredible tour guide, outstanding fellow travelers and interesting and unique destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have been the French Alps but the once in a lifetime bonus of meeting Steve Smith's father at Steve's French home in Burgundy was the highlight!!"

Theodore

Tour: 05/28/23

The tour was fun and educational

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Steve Smith’s house in Burgundy ."

Carol

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were so lucky to have RS France guidebook author, Steve Smith, as our guide and bus driver Hilde. Well-bonded group. The weather was near perfection. Lots of extras including visits to Steve’s family’s country house for lunch and to meet his dad, Steve’s friend Dennis’ Domaine de Cromey for wine tasting and lunch, impromptu happy hours and an extra group dinner the day the tour ended that everyone still in town chose to attend. This was our 5th tour and we just signed up for our 6th tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard since there were so many. Our favorite town was Chamonix. Wows were the views of the mountains and the long walk we took along the river which included the field the hang gliders were landing. Vaison was a close second. Wows were the views from the Hostellerie Le Beffroi garden where meals were served, our visit to Kate’s Domaine de Mourchon winery for vineyard tour and lunch in the courtyard, and dinner on our own at Les Maisons Du'O with its fantastic food and views. "

Patricia

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary took us from lush Northern France to the dry limestone hills of Provence, with a spectacular stop in the French Alps. We passed through different wine regions, tasting, learning and appreciating as we went. We ate lots of cheese, absorbed lots of history, and made wonderful memories. We were fortunate to have Steve Smith as our guide, and a highlight of the trip was meeting his dad. Our group was friendly and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but the Alps, in particular, wowed me."

Craig

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour with fun group. Lots of happy hours with the group with lots of wine which was anticipated,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride up the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix. Stopped at the mid way station on the way down and watched parasailers with skis on land on the snow. "

Leah

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations in every way, our tour leader has set a very high bar for her colleagues, our driver was extremely professional, maintaining a clean coach with a sense of humor. Hotel selections were excellent as were the included tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the lunches at two wineries we visited, so for me it was the wineries because every town we visited had its own special charm. "

Denise

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

No French frowns, as our guide Virginie would say! Learned more about French history, culture, and the French way of life through our “adopted family,” plus an in-depth education on wine from Champagne to Alsatian whites to Burgundy and finally Cote du Rhine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just one? The fantastic light show at Reims Cathedral was just the beginning! Enjoyed the charm of Colmar and Eguisheim and the grandeur of Koenigsbourg. The market in Beaune; the Alps in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc; the Roman history and ruins in Provence all impressed! Oh and then there was the wine! Four different regions and tastings educated my palate and our garden luncheon at the Cote du Rhône vineyard was just magical."

Thomas

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An absolutely amazing tour for many reasons. Our tour guide Virginie More made everyone feel welcome, included and took the time to get to know each of us. Virginie provided alternatives when we had our own time. The balance between organised and free time was perfect. I love the buddy system, it forced everyone to get to know each other very quickly. The tour met all my expectations and I can’t wait for my next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention, I loved Chamonix arrived at the top of the cable car looking out over the glaciers and snow capped mountains. The views were spectacular!"

Rick

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had another fantastic Rick Steves tour to Eastern France. Virginie was a brilliant and conscientious guide, working hard to ensure that our experience was as interesting and comfortable as possible. I now know more about French history and wine than I ever could have expected! We had the perfect group of fun and laid back people, which always helps to make a trip better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the mountains of Chamonix, crossing over from France to Italy. Verdun was a close second."

Andrew

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of E. France tour was a lovely introduction to this beautiful part of France, with plentiful opportunities to dig into culture, food, wine, history, and maybe a little more wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride from Aiguille de Midi to Helbronner Station in the Alps was an absolute stunner. So beautiful. And it was fun to then set foot in Italy just long enough for a bartender to say 'bongiorno.'"

Scott

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent exposure and explanation of the French culture, nice variety of places, people, and geography. Fun food and wine and great wineries. Terrific guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments were the cathedral light show in Reims, the battlefields and fort at Verdun, the streets of Colmar, the charity hospital and the amazing estate and winery in Beaune, riding the cog railway and hiking the Alps in Chamonix, the Roman theatre in Orange, partying and singing into the late hours with both tour members and locals at the small wine bar near our hotel in Vaison-la-Romaine, and our outdoor lunch at the Vaison-la-Romaine winery. And, of course, impromptu happy hours!"

Mary Ann

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have enjoyed all 11 of my Rick Steves tours and interacting with our guides. For this one, we were the most cohesive group, a benefit for everyone. Virginie got us all involved right off the bat with learning about France, its history, customs, government systems, wine and foods as we learned through our imaginary family and lots of tasty treats.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was during our trip to Chamonix. Being high in the beautiful Alps, above the clouds at Aiguille du Midi, standing on a clear plastic virtual floor with trekkers below and hang gliders above was truly special. We even had a few snowflakes on May 29! "

Robert

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was one of the most positive experiences of my life. The weather was great, I think it rained an hour of all the 17 days we were in France. The tour guide was exceptional. Expert in many areas. Wonderful personality, just a great guide and person in so many ways. The cities visited were great I wouldn't change a thing, food was unbelievable. I could go on...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix, and the trip to near the top of mt.blanc.all the winery visits. "

Susan

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour in every way. Extremely competent tour guide….. she was so impressive with her knowledge and ways she taught all of us about French culture. I felt so fortunate to have her as a guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch outside at local Vineyard under the sycamore tree was delicious and setting magical."

Nina

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been on total of 6 Rick Steves tours, and this is the best one so far. Virginie is an outstanding tour guide providing deep French culture experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Drinking Burgundy and Cote de Rhône wines in France"

Gregg

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching paragliders above Chamonix from 12,600 ft. after gondola ride"

Micky

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Food was really bad and hotel accommodations was also bad

Favorite "WOW" moment

"None"

Jenifer

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Food was not good, hotels worse.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"None"

James

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very weird because my wife and I were among the last 10 survivors after COVID eliminated most of our original tour group. Nonetheless we had many memorable experiences and made several new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the vineyard fields in Alsace with Solene. "

Robert

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful tour, saw and did lots. Eastern France is great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aiguille du midi"

Antonio

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Burgundy's Côte d'Or wine country visiting the Château de Rully with the wine tasting followed by the picnic lunch in the Château de Rully grounds."

Bob

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good mix and balance of structured and independent time. The history, art, architecture, food, wine, and culture were stimulating. The visible history was profound, the French culture enlightening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Blanc, Aiguille du Midi. wine and food culture especially the wineries. Seguret was special."

Norman

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A wonderful tour. Our guide, William Altman was terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to and picnic at the Rully Chateau and Chamonix."

Susan

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved the smaller towns and villages. The trip started a little slow but by the time we got to Colmar, it was much better. Unfortunately, it rained almost every day, so our opinion might have been much higher if the weather cooperated and we could have seen more of the countryside and been able to be more 'al fresco'. Our guide William was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us it was visiting Seguret and then the tour and lunch at Mourchon winery. Also, loved the Hostellerie Le Bellfroi. Chamonix was exceptional. We were lucky enough to have a break in the rain so took the gondola up to Mont Blanc. The clouds parted and we had a breathtaking view of the mountain and valley below. A too quick stop in Kayserberg after visiting the Hautkoenigsburg Castle was delightful."

Edward

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful tour of Eastern France! What an honor to have William as our guide. He led my Best of Paris tour back in 2000 so it was great to see him again. Soft-spoken, yet with a wonderful sense of humor and encyclopedic brain, he made the tour fabulous. Lots of great sites, wine, food and comradery. Seeing the horrors at Verdun was very sobering. Colmar, Reims, Beaune, Chamonix, Vaison, Aix were all beautiful and historic - great choice of sites, activities and hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the experience at Chamonix & L'Aiguille du Midi was amazing. Caught enough of a sunny break in our mostly cloudy, drizzly weather to see Mt. Blanc and the rest of the Alps from 12,600'. Chamonix was so beautiful - almost wanted to stay! Also great were Reims cathedral, Colmar's half-timbered beauty, picnic at Chateau Rully and Count Raoul's 27-generation castle home. I added on Avignon & incredible Pont du Gard at the end, so now I've signed up for 2024 Loire and Southern France tour!"

Rachel

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful tour experience - well planned and the guide we had, Daniela, was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On top of the French Alps! "

Lena

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Touring eastern France was absolutely amazing - and our fearless leader Daniela and bus driver Hilde brought such positive energy and knowledge every day. We even had impromptu happy hours and drank all the wine we collected along the way. Fantastic trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix and Mont Blanc - we were so lucky to get a clear day at the peak. "

Mary

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th Rick Steves’ tour. It met traveler expectations, however the guide, Daniela Wedel, exceeded expectations. The itinerary allowed for wine tastings in multiple regions, however Daniela created optional impromptu “happy hours” to allow our group to gather to learn more about the regional offerings. The group bonded quickly and unlike other tours where there may be a few you don’t readily recall their name, this group went home making many new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually there were 2. The first was the wine tour at Domaine de Mourchon. Despite being toward the end of trip and having walked other vineyards, the owner did an impeccable job explaining why their wines exhibit unique qualities. The tour included vine to bottle wine making and tasting multiple varieties. The best part was the incredible lunch on the exquisite patio enjoying fine wine, great food, and wonderful company! The next was Mont Blanc with the weather breaking and clear views. "

Richard

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful from start to finish. Our tour guide, Daniela, was knowledgeable, organized, and fun. The fellow travelers were all easy to be with and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix and Mt Blanc."

Kathryn

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Daniela Wedel was an outstanding tour guide. She very knowledgable and a lot of fun. Our entire group connected with her. We were a little nervous about traveling with a group so big - 27 people - but it worked. Everyone respected each other and were always prompt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Chamonix and riding the gondola to the top of the mountain. The views were stunning. We had a perfect day. "

Dory

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour with a great balance of art, history, nature and food/wine adventure. Daniella, our tour guide was top notch - knowledgeable, engaging and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to single out one as a favorite - my benchmark for an amazing tour!"

Jana

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour was the perfect balance of small town charm and vacation highlights!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was a happy hour arranged by our tour guide, that turned into an entire evening of camaraderie and joy. Everyone brought food and wine, and a group of strangers turned into bonded friends!"

Thomas

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group, Daniela was great guide. Fun and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot pick."

Bob

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Verdun and Chamonix - Ice Caves."

Julie

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing tour; more than I expected. I was totally blessed to travel with such a great group of folks; they were fun, attentive and looked out for one another, Daniela was a wonderful guide; so knowledgeable, organized, personal and caring. Our bus driver Hilde greeted us each day with laughter; such a skilled driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was standing atop Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix. Was a perfect sunny day. The views simply breathtaking and was in awe learning of those who explored and dedicated their lives to the mountains."

Marisa

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Daniela, adeptly gauged the energies, enthusiasm and interests of our group. We had 'go, go, go' times, and other more mellow moments. We came away from the trip with an enhanced ability to savor French food, wines, history, architecture and best of all, its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one 'wow' - Chamonix was jaw-dropping gorgeous in its natural wonders: from the glacier exploration to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, but the humble charm of Colmar, especially while drifting in a boat, cannot be denied."

Susan

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very nice and the tour guide Julie was knowledgeable and a lot of fun. The tour itinerary was quite enjoyable. Our only issue was with some of the other tour members. We had 2 arrive Sick on the first day, they tested negative for Covid and yet only chose to wear a mask when our tour guide repeatedly asked them to. So within 5 days, the vast majority of tour members caught whatever they were spreading. This was not the tour guides fault, but had an impact on the tour itself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Colmar and Alsace. The winery tour in Vaison la Romaine was outstanding. The lunch was spectacular and the walk back from the vineyard was very enjoyable. "

Jim

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide - Julie, fellow tourists, hotels, and sights. It was like a Disneyworld visit for adults. We went into places that your normal tourist could not, or possibly was never aware of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Rully Chateau (castle) in Beaune. The chateau tour was amazing, wine tasting was fun, and our picnic lunch on their grounds was perfect. Having been in the ownership of one family since the 1100's was mind boggling."

Paula

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our guides, (Julie & Rebecca), and especially enjoyed the companionship of our fellow travelers. We even bonded with Dirk, our bus driver! The itinerary was well-chosen and well-managed, overall a very enjoyable 2-week trip. Unfortunately, a bad cold pervaded our group, which was quite uncomfortable for all, even though we were lucky to avoid catching it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed every city, village and venue, but Chamonix really stood out for us. Even though the weather was bad, it was so different from the rest of the itinerary, and such a majestic locale!"

David

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have always been impressed with Rick Steve’s tours. And this trip was no exception, you get to travel to places you’ve only read about it or seen in films.As a student of history seeing Alsace gives you real understanding of why it was so important historically.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Verdun very impactful "

Kelle

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another outstanding tour! I loved all of the towns, the food, and the wine. I think the hotels were my favorite of anywhere we’ve been - very unique. Julie was the ultimate professional, and a super nice lady on top of that Rebecca assisted for a week, which was awesome. And Dirk’s driving skills were top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had thought Chamonix would be, but we had bad weather there, and didn’t get to see much. Loved both of the château that we toured, along with the vineyards. The town (and hotel) of Vaison-la-Romaine was my favorite. "

Michael

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good hotels and meals. Excellent leadership from the tour guide(s). Some of the cultural sites were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the chateau outside of Beaune and having a wonderful picnic lunch. The weather was great, the wine was great and the views were spectacular."

Nancy

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour of Eastern France was very good despite a nasty cold that slowed many of us down.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the tour of the Champagne caves which was especially meaningful having read The Winemaker's Wife and A Year in Champagne. Our visit to Verdun also made an impact having watched the remake of All's Quiet on the Western Front. "

Suon

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our sixth RS tour was once again an extraordinary experience made special by our two guides, Julie and Rebecca. We enjoyed the variety of activities and sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I experienced the most magical moment of our trip during a visiit to Seguret, a small cobblestone-laned town - uphill to a lovely view. It was half-way up that a very small bakery was just opening up and we bout a "tarte sucree" from the baker himself in his flour dusted apron. The bread was hot our of the stone oven and was so light and fluffy - the most delicious bread I've ever tasted - like manna from Heaven(?), It may never happen again like this. Pure serendipity."

Roger

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 12th RSE tour, and one of the four best, due to the constant engagement and teaching of Virginie More.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wine tasting in Burgundy at de Rully and wine tasting with lunch buffet in Provence at Mourshon."

Joanne

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was look for a tour that would take me thru the French countryside and small to medium towns. This tour was ideal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two wow moments 1. Chamonix/Mt Blanc - Riding up the gondola to the top and being able to see the peak on a beautiful clear day. It was spectacular. 2. Afternoon wine tasting and lunch at the Mourchon winery in Vaison-la-Romaine - what a great afternoon!!"

Patricia

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour. Enough time in each city to get a feel for the culture. Our guide, Virginie always had something planned for everyone. Visiting the markets and watching the locals was such a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Mont. Blanc and hiking around the Blue Lake. When the clouds parted and the sun came out and Mont Blanc became visible was a breath taking experience."

Gary

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch at vineyard near Vaison-La-Romaine"

Evie

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning, Virginie showed herself to be an excellent guide. She taught us so much about the places we visited but also about French society and culture. This is why I travel. The places visited were enjoyable and memorable. The food great! Was very pleased with the French style Sauerkraut in Colmar and the escargot in Chamonix. Would have loved perhaps a slower pace, maybe more downtime as it seemed more fast paced than other tours we’ve taken. This was our 7th RS Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s always difficult to say what wowed me the most. Verdun was an important stop as we need to be reminded of the costs of war. An impressive memorial. Loved Beaune- really enjoyed the market there. Loved going to the top to see MontBlanc up close and personal in Chamonix. Actually staying in an ancient bell tower in Vaison La Romaine was an awesome experience. Really enjoyed the visit to the Mourchon winery—walking up & down the road, the tasting, the beautiful lunch. Excellent. "

Sharie

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time with Rick Steve's or even doing a tour. Our guide was outstanding and very knowledgeable. We are use to traveling on our own but Rick Steve's tour opened doors that the average person would not be able to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Blanc, Chamonix "

Bernadine

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour did not live up to my overall expectations compared to the previous 3 RS tours I have taken. When the tour was over I felt that a lot of the Best of Eastern France was completely overlooked and that there was too much free time in places that free time was not necessary! 3 nights in Vaison-la-Romaine could easily be condensed and we could visit Avignon! Avignon is certainly one of the "Best of Eastern France"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Traveling via cable car to Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix is certainly a "wow" moment! However, the "family style" picnic at the Domaine de Mourchon was extra special, delicious and truly felt like the Best of Eastern France!"

Ruth

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The first part of the tour was nice. We enjoyed our fellow travelers, and Daniela was a good guide. Unfortunately, I contracted Covid after one week of the two week tour. So we missed the second half. Daniela and Rick Steves' Europe were very generous and helped us figure out our next steps. By the time we arrived home, a reimbursement for the missed tour days was in our stack of mail. I call that excellent customer service!

Joseph

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed most of the locations and most of the hotels. Our guide was outstanding, and she handled the pain in the neck fellow traveler gracefully. (There's always one.) The lack of charging plugs and WiFi on the bus was disappointing. I work virtually and was hoping to be productive on the longer travel days. The mask policy is just "COVID theater", since we ended up shoulder to shoulder without masks at every meal and wine tasting. Time to re-think that one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the tram to Aiguille Du Midi in Chamonix and walking around up there.Just beautiful."

Michelle

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour is organized and moves along to include many activities. Great bus driver and super tour guild.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont-Blanc"

Cathy

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was Daniella. She gave us an outstanding experience. Not only does she speak 5 languages, she was so knowledgeable about France and taught us history as well as cultural norms and location specific highlights. Our whole group really got along well and we met some great people. We were entertained on the bus, as well as throughout the tour stops. The hotels were charmingly quirky and cute. Each one unique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 moments - The Ossuary at Verdon was so powerful. Also, standing at the peak of Chamonix on Mont Blanc was awe inspiring. Oh, and let's not forget the beauty of Annecy. "

Henry

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly what I wanted. First time on a Rick Steves tour. First time traveling alone after the death of my wife. I liked the pace of the trip with lots of free time. The people were very nice and experienced travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day in Provence when we visited the Olive farm and then the tour, wine tasting and lunch at the winery. The perfect day in Provence."

Lisa

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time, enjoyed our fellow travelers and our guide was outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Mont Blanc up close"

Cheryce

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved the beauty and relaxing pace of this tour. Daniela did a great job caring for the group, making us laugh, and teaching us new things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The delicious lunch in the yard of Kate's vineyard outside of Vaison-la-Romaine."

Andrea

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was relatively laid back compared to others I've taken (10+). This is not meant as a criticism,just an observation.Small cities and towns, four wine tastings, good food, just a slower pace. On the other hand, there is the up-hill walk to the hotel in Vaison la Romaine

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wonderful lunch at the Mourchon winery in Seguret and the opportunity to ride the tram to Aiguille du Midi for breath-taking view of the French Alps."

Thomas

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was varied and interesting. Everything went without a hitch.Hotels were superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass windows in the church on the medieval town hill in Vaison la Romaine. I stumbled on them by accident while wandering to take pictures. They appeared to have been recently installed, maybe as part of an art exhibit that was being set up. I don't know if they are temporary or permanent, but they should definitely be part of the tour as long as they are there."

Allison

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, adventuresome and cohesive group, perfect mix of town and country, food and wine

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colmar"

Mary

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, the guides were knowledgeable, engaging and fun people. Our tour comrades were ready for a good trip and were interested in getting to know each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite moments was in Reims when we stumbled upon a Carnegie library. I paid for my college education by working at the local public library which was a Carnegie building. I have been "collecting" them ever since, beginning in the USA and then discovering some of those that are in Europe!"

Alan

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding experience. Excellent tour guide. Great itinerary. Good group of fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix / Mont Blanc and Annecy / The weather was perfect for our days in the French Alpine region. Plus the Count and the Château visit with his personal touch wine tasting was special. "

Daniel

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an adventure in wine tasting with a touch of chateaus, medieval towns, Roman ruins and snowy French Alps stirred in. Are you interested in sharing a drink with a Count? Everyone loved our guide, Julie, and her thoughtfulness and endless energy. The hotels were well located and Rick Steve's modest, except for the Aparthotel Adagio in Aix en Provence which was a blessing. I was glad we went to Verdun; it was a thoughtful lesson on the hell of a stupid war fought in a very stupid way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First place goes to the French Alps high and up close from Aiguille du Midi on a clear day. Unfortunately, the lift to Helbronner was closed. Tied for Second place is (1) the group picnic and view of the vineyards from Chateau de Rully near Beaune, and (2) the awesome Roman Theater of Orange, which was a feast for this Roman History Buff's eyes. BTW: Someone sang AVE MARIA in front of the stage without a microphone and you could hear it loud and clear in the top rows of the theater where I sat."

Joshua

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our previous 2 Rick Steves tours, we were very impressed with the entire tour and with our guide, Julie. The hotels were excellent. We had been to other parts of Provence on 2 previous trips, yet our time in Vaison- la-Romaine was very special. What a charming town and hotel and the visit to the Mourchon Winery was an absolute treat. Our visits to Colmar and Beaune could not have been better planned. And, our time in Chamonix, seeing Mont Blanc up close, was just perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As far as "wow" moments go, there were several. Seeing Mont Blanc up close in perfect weather was hard to beat. We expected to be charmed by Colmar and it did not disappoint. The biggest surprise was our visit to Vaison-la-Romaine which we both found to be very special."

Robert

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a good blend of history, culture and social enjoyment. We were lucky we had a good group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I went paragliding in Chamonix at the base of Mont Blanc"

Michael

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were fortunate to have a great guide and group that made this tour exceptionally fun and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During the winery tour at the end of the tour we learned what makes Cote de Rhône’s so special. The wine tasting and lunch were both outstanding."

Frances

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful guide, great bus driver, fun group. I liked the itinerary featuring smaller cities and wine tasting. Please note that a group of 27 people is too big! It was hard to stay together on walking tours. So many voices made us noisy in restaurants for group meals. Plus it took a long time to get to know each other. You advertise "Small Groups." 27 tour members is not a small group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one big WOW, but several smaller lovely wows. Looking out my hotel window at the lighted tower in Vaison. Late afternoon light on the mountains in Chamonix. Photographing the cathedral in Reims. Successfully ordering sliced sausage for the picnic at the market in Beaune."

Mariette

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was delightful! Our guide Julie Sonveau was outstanding - organized, energetic, knowledgeable and FUN! Each location was a revelation, and the food and wines were tres delicieux.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tossup between the stunningly beautiful snowy peaks surrounding Chamonix and the gorgeous, lavish al fresco luncheon at the Mourchon winery in Seguret with the sunshine dapplng the trees and a china-blue sky overhead."

Helene

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous. Well organized. Personable, helpful guide. Comfortable, clean hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix. And seeing my husband up paragliding."

Kathy

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The timing of the tour with the harvesting of the wine/champagne grapes couldn't have been better. Every day was a new adventure with a great guide and a congenial group of travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Domaine de Mourchon experience, especially having lunch with the patriarch of the winery"

Jane

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole experience was fantastic. Every single person on the tour including the guide and the bus driver were wonderful and we all got along so well. There was a perfect mix of activities and free time which I loved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was certain that it would be Chamonix with glorious weather and spectacular alps but when I thought about it -- it was actually the tour. I've done tours before but nothing like this. The group was fantastic - we quickly became a family and we were all so interested in the culture and history and people of France. This trip was truly special in every way. This was my first Rick Steves tour but it will definitely not be my last."

Bill

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was everything we anticipated, and then some! Everything was excellent, as advertised, and as much information and fun activities as we could absorb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Up until we visited Domaine de Mourchon, I would have said Chamonix, but the entire day at Domaine de Mourchon epitomized everything I had hoped that France would be - congenial hosts, perfect weather, active harvesting as we visited the vineyards, the wine tasting that gave us a renewed appreciation for French wines, and the picnic lunch on the grounds, with a gourmet chef, three generations of hosts making our experience everything we could have hoped for, and stunning scenery everywhere!"

Debra

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great, good guiding, convivial group of tour members, nice amount of organized activity, vineyard walks with guide were nice “extras”.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nice weather allowed a great Mont Blanc viewing experience, couple of great vineyards tours and tastings as well."

Susan

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved that ot was a group of 22. Easier to connect with everyone. Enjoyed all of the sites and activities. Patrick was super.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was incredible. Mountains were impressive and town was unique. "

Charles

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great group of experienced travelers. A great tour guide in Patrick V. Perfect weather. Great food and wine. Picturesque towns and vineyards. What’s not to like?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 actually: the old town of Annecy and the viticulture lesson by Kate at her vineyard in Séguret. "

Marilyn

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were blessed with beautiful weather which really allowed us to enjoy the places we visited. Beautiful countrysides and quaint towns, fine wines tasting, great local guides and ancient ruins exceeded expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment was the view of snow covered Mount Blanc from the streets of Chamonix."

Catherine

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Kat

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first guided tour was a home run. Every town had unexpected highlights. I had no real interest in Verdun but I learned much and don't regret the time. Our guide Julie was so much fun and great at providing background information before we arrived at each town and suggesting things we might like to see/do in our free time. The wine tastings were all wonderful, each with a different style of presentation mostly by an owner/family member and in different settings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The picnic days were both "wows" for me. The castle tour by a gracious count touring his castle in his family since the 12th (?) century along with the wine tasting and then picnicking on the grounds was perfect! Equally wonderful was touring the Mourchon vineyards and wine making process conducted by one of the owners, followed by an absolutely delicious picnic lunch prepared by their gifted chef/cook/artist on another glorious day. Chamonix and Aiguille du Midi-- a joy to see the alps"

Leigh

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of visiting historical sites, picturesque villages, experiencing French food and learning about wine making in the different regions and wine tastings. All the Guides were personable and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix -Aiguille du Midi"

Lisa

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Toni and Guillam were easy to talk to and helpful. I love how down to earth they were. I really enjoyed the smaller villages and wine tasting. The beauty on this tour was everywhere. The bigger cities were not my favorite

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the top of the gondola viewing Mont Blanc and the other Alps. It was breathtaking!!!"

Ron

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Have taken a number of ETBD tours, this was one of the more relaxed versions, but still very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Time spent in Chamonix was spectacular, but enjoyed the numerous Medieval towns along the way."

John

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour. Our first was Sicily and both were wonderful. We are already signed up for 2 more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to name two. In Chamonix we had views of Mt. Blanc from our hotel window and our "free day" hike from the mid level of the tram to the cog train was all the alpine views and exercise we could have wished for. And the winery tour and lunch near Vaison was the most enjoyable and educational we have experienced."

Cecilia

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was my first R S tour and loved it. Looking into another tour for next year!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps la"

Kirk

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide “and a half” (Toni and Guillaume) are knowledgable and experienced leaders. I felt fortunate to tour with the two of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The skies were blue when I ascended to Le Brévent and Aiguille du Midi lift stations. Wow, what views! During the hike from Plan de l'Aiguille to Montenvers-Mer de Glace, I kept glancing over my shoulder to Aiguille du Midi‘s needle-like tower and thinking, “I can’t believe I was up there!”"

Ann

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Toni Seymour is a superb guide! Her familiarity with France and this region, in particular, is evident. I loved this wine and food tasting tour of eastern France. Guillaume, the assistant guide was also very nice and really helped some of our folks who needed a little extra assistance. Great group of people on our tour, and Hilda, our bus driver was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOWZER moment for me was up on the Aiguille du Midi looking up at Mt Blanc and the surrounding alp peaks. We had perfect weather, so it literally took my breath away! Coming up into high altitude from Chamonix it makes you a little light headed or is it from the incredible majestic beauty of these mountains...hard to say. We went back down to the mid-point of the gondola ride and then hiked the traverse trail to the Mer de Glace glacier and then took the cog wheel train back to Chamonix!"

Joshua

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip had an outstanding itinerary, every stop was new and exhilarating experience. To top it off, our tour guide was terrific, offering history lessons and insight at every stop along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but the light show at Reims cathedral was stunning; we just happened to be in the city on the right day. I really enjoyed it!"

Margaret

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and we were extremely happy with our tour guide, Daniela. It was our first time touring with a large group and everything went as smoothly as possible.There was some free time to do our own thing along with the many group activities scheduled. There was a lot of time on the bus and Daniela made it fun by giving information about the history, culture, and background of each area we were entering.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Chamonix and going up the Aiguille du Midi to the Helbrunner pass and going from France into Italy! The weather was perfect and visibility was great. Such spectacular views. Having breakfast in France and lunch in Italy was fun! I ate my pain au chocolat in the cable car! I also enjoyed going through 4 great wine regions - Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, and Cotes du Rhone - and visiting the estates of the winemakers."

Bill

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. Our tour guide, Daniela, was extremely knowledgeable and professional. I appreciate the level of detail she provided whether it was in reference to history, art, or food and wine! We have done all of our European vacations on our own, but thought this region would be better served by a tour and it did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Chamonix, taking the lift to the Aiguille du Midi and then onto Hellbronner Italy. We were fortunate to have a perfectly clear day which makes the experience unforgettable,"

Wendy

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great RS tour, my fourth. Our guide Daniela’s knowledge of history and art history was impressive. She was organized, kind and a great resource when we had questions, a pleasure. Luc our driver was awesome. The scenery was beautiful and the tour members were a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colmar, Chamonix, dinner in Beaune, lunch at the winery in Vaison and our last dinner in Aix"

Joan

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Daniella our tour guide made the trip outstanding. Her knowledge and her personality were invaluable. We also had a great group of people. As usual, the tour experiences were mind-expanding and I learned more about history in the context of today's politics than I expected to. I value your tours because I know I am going to experience culture and history of a place that would not happen if traveling on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two wow moments. First was seeing the reality of the horrors of WWI at Verdun. Because I am an urban planner I am always wowed anytime we get to visit ruins from the Roman Empire."

Marilyn

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Eastern France tour with Daniella as our guide was fantastic. We had a great group of travelers from all over the US which made the trip that much better. My suggested changes or additions would be more tours of Champagne Houses while in Reims. It was a disappointment that we only toured 1 when we were in the region of some of the best champagne in the world. If impossible to add more tours, an email should be sent to travelers to make appointments on their own and provide suggestions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many Wow moments, but I loved the vineyards of Beaune and the beauty of Chamonix. My favorite city or village was Vaison. I loved the ancient roads, bridge, and ruins. The hotel was fantastic and I didn't mind the hill up to reach it; however, the air conditioning situation was tough because we were there during a heatwave. That being said, I wouldn't change that experience one bit."

Gary

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide was fantastic, the people we met were more than great and the sights were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from Aiguille Du Midi was great."

Linda

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The cities visited were outstandingly interesting. The tour group was very friendly and got along great. The guide was extremely helpful with suggestions and answering all our questions. Hotels were so unique and interesting.,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the French Alps was the wow moment for my husband but I enjoyed Colmar the best. The market, the museums and the friendly people was so welcoming. "

Dennis

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great group, excellent bus driver, and the very best guide we've ever had. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. It was ungodly hot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the mountains surrounding Chamonix. What a beautiful mountain resort!"

Diane

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good but not exceptional

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing hospital in Beaune"

Ray

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Debra

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we were hoping it would be. Even during the most challenging of times the guides made our experience as informative, comfortable and fun as anyone could hope for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beaune was a beautiful town that we didn’t know much about. It was simply lovely! The market day was perfect and the wineries and tastings were delightful. Really special to meet winemakers and their families in such a historically significant part of france. "

Maggi

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was great. Every city had its unique beauty and charm, each hotel was located in the perfect spot for exploring, and our tour guides were knowledgeable, warm and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour of the vineyard in the Cote de Rhône, followed by a fabulous luncheon under the trees, was simply heaven. Our guide, Patric, gave us the opportunity to hike back to town from the winery, and 3 of us chose to do so, making a perfect day even more so."

JoAn

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was so much fun and I learned so much about the country, the people and the culture. It was a very well rounded and fun trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was the group of people on the tour. We all got along so well and the guides were GREAT."

Joyce

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the itinerary, our guides, and the group of fellow travelers. Everyone was kind, considerate, and engaged in our experience together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to pick just one. But I have to say it was watching the clouds passing over Mont Blanc from the top of Aiguille du midi."

Barbara

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Absolutely LOVED our tour guide, Daniela Wedel! She went out of her way to make sure everyone was always comfortable, taken care of, and knew how to get to where they wanted to go and especially how to get back to the hotel at night! She was extremely knowledgeable about all the history and was great about making it relevant to the time period and tying things in from my high school history. She made things come alive & helped me feel like I was there!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I adored Colmar and could easily spend more time there, I really was wowed by the charm and beauty of Eguisheim! It blew me away!"

Ralph

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very competent guide with great knowledge of the areas we traveled ~ helpful in every respect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix France and our experience going up to Mont Blanc and also taking the small panoramic cable car to Italy."

Susan

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour de France! If you want outstanding wine, food, pastry, and chocolate, no one does it better than the French. And Rick Steves tours give you an upclose and personal experience in every village. You get a different flavor from each place, whether it be the mini Paris feel of Beaune, the German influence in Alcace, the Roman feel of Vaison La Romaine, or the magnificent French Alps, along with castles and vineyards galore. I fell in love with France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The absolute wow moment is Chamonix. Not to be missed. I enjoyed the French Alps even more than the Italian or Swiss. Do not miss the tram ride from France to Italy and back. If you miss it, you miss the most beautiful vistas the Alps have to offer. Absolutely breathtaking!"

Maria

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experiences, tours and local guides in every town and city we'd visited during our 14 day tour was outstanding and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW factor was the experience in Chamonix. There were several other unexpected and surprising experiences during this tour; but overall the mountains and the gondola rides were unforgettable."

Cindy

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Chris and Paul and guides were great. Our first night together was not good but I attribute that to the stress our guide had just had with her previous tour and so many Covid cases. There was no introduction of ourselves to the group and that was a bit disappointing it also kept us a bit at bay from each other. Once the testing requirement was lifted to get back in the states everyone, especially our guide, was much more social. I felt like we finally got to know each other at that point.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"when we first enter the Alps was my wow moment and entering the town of Chamonix but my favorite place was Colmar"

Karen

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the varied experiences on this tour itinerary. Each stop had something new and different to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning scenery in the French Alps was my wow moment. And the fact that we purchased the multipass for the lifts let us experience the views from different vantage points."

Jim

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Chris was amazing in every way including her knowledge, sense of humor, language, and caring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Blanc and being in the glacial cave."

Victor

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eastern France was a lovely and cultured a tour as we had hoped. Julie was a good guide who could interpret French culture for Americans. The wine did not disappoint and the food was an adventure. The best experience was the French culture and ambiance. Everything was charming and enjoyable except Verdun. That stop was a bummer a tourist could do without. The anachronistic stop was a wart on an Empress. Lunch in Verdun Cafe was fine and enough. Our time was better spent elsewhere

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colmar stroll in the most picturesque place I've been. There aren't enough pixels to portray the charm and ambiance of this town. Our side-visit to Strasbourg was fantastic and it should REALLY should be part of this tour. Vinyard wine tasting and picnics in Beaune and Vaison la Romaine were real highlights and fun! Market Squares were fun to explore."

Melinda

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned far more than we expected and went to places like the little winery just outside Chateauneuf de Pape that we’d never find on our own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sun on the snow capped mountains of Chamonix was stunning "

Kiko

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a delightfully diverse mix of history, food, wine, and geographies. Our excellent lead guide, Julie, struck the right balance between programmed and free time, keeping us prepared and eager to learn about people, places, and events as we journeyed through Eastern France. From the wine making traditions of Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, and Cote d'Or, to the breathtaking Alpine peaks above Chamonix, to the Roman Ruins of Provence, with great food along the way, this tour had it all!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As with our four prior Rick Steves tours, it is never easy to pick just one "wow" moment. That said, with ideal weather for the day (sandwiched between a thunderstorm the day before and rain the day after), the gondola ride to the Auguille du Midi viewpoint some 12,600 feet high tops the list, with clear views of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn in the distance, and Chamonix down below. "

Catherine

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great mix of attractions, tours and free time. We traveled the eastern side of France through diverse terrain. Our guide, Julie, exhibited a perfect balance of enthusiasm, practicality and joie de vivre. In spite of traveling while Covid remained around every corner we has a chance to relax and enjoy the beauty and cuisine of France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to articulate just one but perhaps the visit to the winery in Cote de Rhone. Besides the delightful explanations of our host, sitting in the garden while enjoying a beautiful lunch of fresh ingredients from the land left me completely grateful to be alive and to have chosen this tour."

Linda

Tour: 05/29/22

The tour exceeded expectations thanks to our wonderful guide and tour matés. Was my first RS Tour and you do a great job of setting expectations for newbies. Itinerary was ambitious and gave us a great overview of the variety of Eastern France

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were dazzling of course. But my wow moment unfolded slowly during the lunch at Domaine Mourchon in the Rhône Valley. Warm day, lovely wine, delicious food and good companions in a beautiful setting. Was a perfect moment. "

Merrill

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour and it was my favorite with respect to our guide and our fellow travelers. The group was thoughtful, engaged and incredibly respectful of our French hosts and one another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Colmar washed over me like a rich, vivid European tide. The visuals that emerged around each curve of the winding streets were such a delight...picturesque canals, colorful half-timbered buildings, and bursting flower boxes. The ability to visit during stork nesting season seeing the new hatchlings test their wings was especially memorable."

James

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it's hard not to make it my favorite. Every experience has provided such a range of new and different elements, that it always seems like it's my first trip to Europ - which it certainly isn't. We tested positive for Covid near the end of the trip - and we didn't have much to endure with it - except 8 extra days in France! Julie was an amazing leader, with a "just right" style balance between enthusiast, teacher, and logistics expert!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The daily hotel balcony view in Chamonix - Mt Blanc, the Glacier, and Aigullie du Midi will live forever in my memory. "

Thomas

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch at Domaine de Mourchon in Seguret. The weather was picture perfect, food was excellent and the wine was wonderful. The walk back from the winery to Vaison-la-Romaine then capped off the day. "

Jeanine

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time I learned a lot I was really happy with our guide (and driver) And enjoyed getting to know our nice group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh, that’s really hard there were so many. I think looking back at dusk in Chamonix after a merry dinner of fondue and seeing mount blanc Looming white,clear and ghostly in the darkening dusk-almost like science fiction! And the little quaint village, Seguerin I think, perched on a sunny hill surrounded by green Vineyards as far as you could see with Mount Ventoux a bit hazy in the distance."

Jane

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, Rick Steves' tours are exceptional!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The majesty of Mont Blanc. Photos cannot capture the ever changing looks and vistas that one can see from Chamonix and the mountains themselves."

James

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable trip, but covid is still the elephant in the room. Can't ignore the anxiety re testing at the beginning and the end of trip. Added difficulty for the guide too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps and being in the valley in Chamonix - stunning."

Deborah

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour and were glad to resume traveling after our tour was cancelled in 2020. We found ourselves a little rusty after the 2 year delay and a few of the hotels were gearing up as well. The one thing was that we were happy to be traveling and our hosts were glad we were back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed visiting Rully with the Count’s tour and story along with the picnic on the grounds."

Karen

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we've come to expect from a Rick Steves tour (This was our 8th). A good balance of tour time and independent time. Great experiences that we could get on our own (Chateau de Rully). A great guide and a fun group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola to the top of Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix. Awesome experience. "

Anne

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

While the weather was really hot at times, this was a beautiful tour with a lot of variety. One suggestion, the timing of our tour in Aix-en-Provence was 1:30. It was so hot, our guide didn't get the attention she deserved, and I really understood that afternoon the importance of the siesta! When really hot, rethink the timing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I honestly think my favorite was the tasting and lunch at Mourchon. We had several wine tastings, but the setting for lunch and the lunch served were perfect. Mount Blanc was also impressive."

Kimball

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had the perfect mix of scheduled, guided tours and events versus free time to wander and explore on our own. Our tour guide always made sure we had the resources to venture out, she always gave us a map, showed us landmarks, and encouraged us to interact with our imperfect and limited French language skills.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The picnic at the Count's chateau and winery in Cote d'Or. First we felt vested in the event as we took a morning visit to the Beaune market. We had an assignment to purchase thin sliced white ham. We practiced our ordering to make sure we got it right. The experience was delightful and we made other purchases. At the Count's chateau, we were treated to an intimate tour of his home of 20+ generations. Great history! We bought wine. The gardens outstanding and the day was perfect for the picnic."

Marci

Tour: 05/15/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience was excellent. When people ask me what my favorite day was I reply “all of the days on the trip were my favorite.” We visited interesting places, had new experiences, enjoyed a wonderful guide, and learned a great deal. It was my 3rd RS tour and I am ready to go again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps the day at Chateau Rully. Although. I did love Reims, Colmar, Beaune, and Vaison. Each city was unique and all very enjoyable. The fact that we had almost perfect weather was a plus. "

Anna

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"France is a very lovely country. The vineyards and wine tasting in the various regions was lots of fun but, my wow moment was the Alps. Hiking in the mountains with friends we met on the tour was great fun."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between May and October is a good time to take a Best of Eastern France tour. However, the months of May, September, and October are best for offering generally good weather, lighter crowds, and the full range of tourist fun.

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France / Nice

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Paris (CDG or ORY) and out of Marseille (MRS) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Paris is a 45-minute train ride from Reims (where the tour begins), and the Marseille airport is a 30-minute bus ride from Aix-en-Provence (where the tour ends). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in France. There are direct TGV (fast) trains from Aix-en-Provence to Paris and Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

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