• 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 $4,095 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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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, Provence's scenic Côtes du Rhône, and ending with a farewell toast in exquisite Aix-en-Provence. Join us for the Best of Eastern France in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2020

    • Sep 6–Sep 19 (Su–Sa)
    • $4,395 + Air

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What's Included

  • 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 tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • 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 • Hiking orientation in French Alps • Vaison-la-Romaine Roman ruins • Orange Roman Theater • Rhône Valley wine tasting • Aix-en-Provence walking tour…and more
  • All group transportation from Reims to Aix-en-Provence
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

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 5 p.m. at our hotel 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. Sleep in Reims (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

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. Rivaling Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral in beauty and prestige, 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. Today we'll also 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. No bus. Walking: moderate.

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 Germanic region, the Alsace, the ultimate Franco-Germanic blend. Tonight we'll share a dinner of Alsatian specialties in the town of Colmar, where we'll sleep (3 nights). Bus: 6 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: All Day in Colmar

Today is devoted to exploring the enchanting town of Colmar. We'll take a walking tour this morning, wandering over its cobbled lanes lined with leaning, half-timbered buildings, and learn 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. No bus. Walking: moderate.

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. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

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, Hôtel Dieu. Tonight we'll have a Burgundian dinner together. Sleep in Beaune (2 nights). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light.

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 patés, 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 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? Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

Day 8: To the Alpine Peaks of Chamonix

This morning we'll make a bee-line for 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. Sleep in Chamonix (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: light.

Day 9: Free Day in the French Alps

Today is your day 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)! No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

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 (weather permitting) 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. Sleep in Vaison-la-Romaine (3 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: light.

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 is 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. Bus: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.

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. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

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. Sleep in Aix-en-Provence (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

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

Mary Beth

Paonia, CO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a beautiful tour and Virginie was an excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the handmade santos demonstration and meeting the young vintners."

David

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was better than expected. Virginie was a wonderful tour guide, the hotels were great (did not miss the absence of the french log pillows), the choice of food and wine would rival what Bacchas would might choose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cycling thru the vineyards of Burgundy followed by a wonderful french picnic, hand picked by our guide!"

Genevieve

Tollhouse, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour educated me even more than our 2015 tour of Paris and The Heart of France. I will admit that I did a lot of prep for this tour by reading about France's history and culture, as well as learning about where we would travel. Our leader, Virginie really helped us dig deep into history and culture of every place we visited. She is so knowledgeable about her country and can easily compare and contrast the US with France due to her own experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Light Show at Reims Cathedral really got to me."

Debby

South Portland, ME

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the onset, the tour was very well organized, each accommodation was comfortable and well located, and the meal quite fabulous. Our guide, Virginie, was deeply knowledgable about French history and cultural, and dynamic in her ability to compare it with U.S. culture and history. Her method of using a young couple and the growth of their family was a clever way to convey the cultural and historic variety between our two countries. Her patiences with and care for our questions was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment is somewhat self-invoved. I had my birthday on the tour. We were on a tour and a wine tasting at a castle with a count. I turned 65 in a castle!"

Benita

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time on this tour. We had an exceptionally nice group of folks on our tour and many were celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. There was not a single grump among us. Virginie is an excellent tour guide for France. She was very informative and taught us a lot about French culture and history as we traveled through the various cities and regions. She was very helpful for those of us who were planning extended travel agendas after the tour ended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Also want to mention that Hilde, our bus driver, was excellent also. There are many wow moments on this tour. One was when I got to open a champagne bottle with a saber. My grandchildren are so proud of me. Mount Blanc and the glacier were certainly WOW moments. Many great wine tastings. Our lunches and picnics together were very memorable. Touring the vineyards was lovely too. The entire tour was a big WOW moment. My husband and I are eager to learn more about the French language & culture"

Eileen

Colchester, VT

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always,our tour was amazing. Beautiful locations, great food and wine and wonderful people to share it with. Our lovely guide, Virginie,was knowledgeable, thoughtful and had a delightful sense of humor, and extremely helpful in all regards. From the vineyards in Burgundy to the Alps to delightful Provence, the trip provided a fantastic panorama of eastern France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" moment, so many. Getting to know a young family of vintners in Alsace, seeing the passion of Denis who makes santons, Alain in Reims, caring for the relics in his church, and Madame, the owner,in the hotel in Beaune. Yes getting to know the people of France and appreciating their culture. And on a sad "wow" note, seeing the recession of the glacier on Mont Blanc."

Mary

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Virginia was great, more later. Group was congenial, bus, accommodations and meals were excellent. Loved the route through the beautiful eastern side of France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rhine and Rhone winery visits. Beautiful views from hotels in Chamonix and Vaison de Rouisson made for wonderful respite. Meals with group in Vaison de Rouisson and Reims were so fun."

Heather

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A bit slower-paced than some other tours we've been on, this was a great opportunity to luxuriate in French culture. Lots of opportunities to wander and explore beautiful places- and oh my, the food! Though I'm not a big wine-drinker, it was a treat to meet and learn from local producers and inspiring to witness their dedication to creating wines that are both world-class and truly French.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The drive from Beaune to Chamonix as the landscape became more and more alpine, arrival in Chamonix with jaw-dropping views of the mountains, multiple gondola rides to breath-taking views and an unforgettable hike along the mountainside to the glacier-WOW! Also loved being near the river and our group dinner in Chamonix; so many laughs with a great group of new friends."

Wayne

Truckee, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We travel on our own for most of our travel, and enjoy it immensely. Traveling on a Rick Steves tour is a vacation from our vacation. We don't have to drive or figure out a public transport method. No need to make reservations for multiple couples or figure out most meals. Best of all, the tours take us places we wouldn't know to go and often that we couldn't do on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up in the Mt. Blanc tram in Chaminoix. Spectacular."

Jeff

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip! Everything was excellent, very well-organized, and well worth it. We loved the wine tastings and the local guides (especially Muriel in Colmar) were knowledgeable and funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Alps? Lunch in the courtyard at Domaine Mourchon? Yes to both!"

Thomas

Deforest, WI

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time! The mixture of historical and winery experiences as well as a simulation into French culture was pleasantly blended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a "wow" moment. Our experiences were extremely varied, nature always wins with me! The little red Panoramic Mont Blanc gondola ride from Aiguille du Midi to Pointe Helbronner was majestic!!"

Karen

Arnold, MD

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. Everything was well organized and went smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the light show at the Cathedral in Reims."

Elaine

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have come to think of this as a champagne and wine tasting and gourmet dining experience with a few Roman Ruins thrown into the mix. We also learned a lot about French history and culture. Our group was very cordial, a nice mix of singles and couples. The number of previous Rick Steves tours taken by participants gives testimony to the consistent quality of the trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stay in Vaison La Romaine offered many "wow" moments. I loved Le Beffroi, despite having no elevator and medieval steps. The courtyard, the fountain, the bells ringing and our room created a retreat-like setting. The two evening dinners served were as good as in any restaurant. That portion of the trip also included the Roman Theater in Orange and the vineyard and tasting at Domaine de Mourchon. Walter's story was amazing. History, food and wine...perfect combination!"

Antoinette

Odenton, MD

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We were a group of travelers who wanted to immerse ourselves in French cuisine and culture. With the help of our guide and our own desire to have a good time, I think we succeeded. This is the perfect tour to just enjoy the moments, the surroundings... I loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I could never believe when I saw previous comments about this tour - that there is no wow moment but that is true. The entire trip is a wow moment."

Jeffrey

Williston, VT

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our 6th RS tour had fewer rich experiences than others, but was good. The weather, the group and our guide,Julie,were excellent! The cities & sites we visited were great.The market experience and picnic was fun. The winery experiences were very good, but the champagne tour was disappointing. The Roman ruins in Vaison were interesting but could not compare to others we have visited in Rome, Sicily and Pompeii on previous tours. Colmar was very nice!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Morchon winery experience and lunch were highlights of our trip! Chamonix was fantastic! We were thrilled with the lift experiences and views. The Verdun site was very moving. We also enjoyed the Light show on Notre Dame Cathedral and the Surrender Museum in Reims."

Judith

West Allis, WI

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip with outstanding guide. Julie was always informative and suggesting ways to make private adventures around the towns a better experience. Also, the members of this group were all very nice and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The panoramic Mont Blanc gondola ride, the weather was perfect. The lunch assembled by the entire tour group from the local farmers market was one of the best lunches I've ever had!"

Linda

Oregon City, OR

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, this tour itinerary was well thought out and went smoothly. Loved the size of the towns we visited and the focus mix of wine, history and countryside. And also as usual, the tour group was great! I travel as a single on your tours and I'm always warmly welcomed into the mix. The amount of "free" time is just about right because I usually have some sights or chill time to fit my personal needs. Julie was a super guide giving us tons of insight to the area and France as a country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. I was consistently saying to myself "I can't believe I'm finally here" (for wherever we were!). The lifts at Mount Blanc were so spectacular with the absolutely perfect weather we were lucky enough to enjoy!"

Cary

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out at Mont Blanc from Aiguille du Midi at12,000 ft."

Barbara

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the itinerary, the variety of locations, our excellent guide, great group of people , bus driver Hilde, great food, wines and we were fortunate with great weather too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"CHAMONIX! Both days were wonderful, but the top of theAguille du Midi was fabulous! That was the piece if the trip I was most looking forward too and it did not disappoint. Then our group fondue dinner culminated the perfect day,"

Walter

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful mix of beautiful scenery, history, peeks into other cultures. The pace was brisk but with plenty of time to "do our own thing" when not being guided through some specific area or activity. The practical aspects of the tour were well managed, and we enjoyed the tour companions very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My moment was the top of the lift system over Chamonix and the stunning views across to Mont Blanc beyond the snow fields and the green valleys far below!"

Darrell

Lacey, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really felt like we got a great immersion in the French culture. Julie's knowledge of and experience in France provided all that we hoped to learn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was the entire trip. I learned so much from all the different regional visits that will last a lifetime."

Katy

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Talk about a diverse country! I felt like this trip really gave us a great sense of France. If you've only ever traveled to Paris, I think it's fair to say you don't really know France. We loved getting to experience the vastly different towns and foods within the different regions we visited. It's hard to pick a favorite as they were all really great. I would recommend this trip to anyone who's looking to explore France and really get a sense of it's beauty and diversity. Just fantastic!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one, but because we had perfect weather in Chamonix, I think I'd go with our visit to the Aguille du Midi. It was breathtaking - literally and figuratively. A very close second was our visit to Domaine du Mourchon near Vaison-la-Romaine. It was harvest time which was a true treat to see and the lunch under the trees at the estate was sublime. What a stunning area!"

Sandra

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary really appealed to me. There was good mix of activities. Our local guides were outstanding and everyone in our group got along so well. This is my favorite Rick Steve's tour to date.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but the wine tastings, were my favorite moments, not JUST because I tasted amazing wines, but because each vineyard gave me a completely different experience. Fell in love with the Stinzi family and their work ethic. Comte' Rully's 26 generations of French relatives and their struggles to maintain their legacy was enlightening and Kate, the daughter from the Mouchard, gave the BEST explanation of the winemaking process ever, plus; lunch afterwards was our best group meal."

Robert

Winter Park, FL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been looking forward to this tour for several years and I must say that it exceeded our already high expectations(having toured previously with Rick Steves) .This was our 6th tour with your company and they just keep getting better .We sincerely appreciate the attention to detail ,preparation and planning that goes in to each phase of a tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 3 wine tastings were best for me .Each one had a different set of variables which made it a WOW moment."

Bradley

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our tour, it exceeded our expectations. That's a tall order because we loved our Villages of Italy tour last year. Our guide was great, the tour was great, and the people on the tour were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many food and wine wow moments but being a life-long skier with a degree in geology did not adequately prepare me for Chamonix. My jaw dropped like it never had before. The tram to Aiguille du Midi climbs 9,200 feet from the valley floor, how is that even possible? The scenery was spectacular in every direction."

Donna

Invermere, BC

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour experience from beginning to end! We had an awesome Tour Guide (Julie) and bus driver (Hilde); the group dynamics were great, everyone was friendly, cheerful and polite; the weather was perfect; the tour content was varied, interesting and a good blend of on-task and free-time; the food was amazing; and the countryside was gorgeous! Really enjoyed it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few wow moments! When I walked into our hotel room in Vaison-la-Romaine and saw the view from the window I actually did say "wow"! The French countryside from that (perched village) location was simply spectacular!"

Karen

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the Village Italy tour was so outstanding. Eastern France at first did not thrill me. But as we progressed, I enjoyed it more and more. I did not expect to appreciate the knowledge of wine making; I learned so much. We had an outstanding group of people on the tour. Having 3 nights in Colmar and Vaison-la -Romaine was wonderful. Our bus driver was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching paragliders against Mont Blanc at Chamonix hotel, with River Arle rushing by. Relaxed picnic at the castle near Beaune where we all bought food at the market. Lunch at Mourchon after winery tour - THE BEST."

Linda

Lebanon, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide did a remarkable job of explaining about life in France and the culture which is one of the reasons we go on these trips. This is our 4 th RS Tour and we have always enjoyed your system of travel and our travel companions. My husband and I feel that we see and learn twice as much on your tours as we would on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mount Blanc was absolutely the "wow" moment of the trip. Riding the gondola up to the top and walking around Mount Blanc was amazing. We had been to the Alps before but it was gray and had rained so being there in the bright sunshine was a once in a life line experience."

Susan

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour. I really enjoyed the wide range of places we visited from Reims to Colmar to the French Alps, and Provence (my favorite) I can't say enough good about our guide, Virginie More. She provided us with a real sense of French history, culture, and the language and much more. She is such a kind person, and incredibly smart. Because she had lived in the US she was able to compare and contrast living in the US and life in France

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe Verdun, because of the history"

Barbara

Sahuarita, AZ

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very enjoyable, well organized, and well thought out tour. It was a good mix of touring and free time. Everything ran smoothly, because our guide had informed us so well about what was expected. We would definitely consider another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, Mt. Blanc. But, Lunch at the vineyard in Vaison La Romaine was just like out of a story book. Sitting in the courtyard of their parent's home was a photo moment. Food was great! We just wanted to spend the whole day there."

Carl

Lebanon, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Virginie having lived and worked in the USA is in a unique position to understand and compare American culture with the French culture. She was very informative on all aspects of the French system giving a excellent tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Mont Blanc. Being at 14,400 feet on a near perfect day is a memorable experience."

Vicki

Enterprise, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the sobering WWI trenches of Verdun to the towering peaks of the Alps, and then sweeping down to the sunny olive groves of Provence, this tour was over the top with unforgettable travel experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Verdun because it gripped the heart."

Jan

Tempe, AZ

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful overview of Eastern France, the unique differences in each province, understanding of French culture, food & wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Chateau visit in Burgundy and picnic & Roman ruins in Viason"

Jan

Hansville, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was lovely. Virginie was the ultimate tour guide. She made the whole tour through Eastern France come alive. I will remember this trip as one of the best I have ever experienced in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my WOW moment was in Reims at the light & music show at the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Incredible...never saw anything close to this in my life! Also another thrilling time was in Chamonix..the French Alps..Stunning and the gondola up to 12,600 foot Aiguille du Midi viewpoint was crazy scary and fun!"

Louise

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the small town experience which the Rick Steves' Eastern France trip offered. Our guide Virginie was excellent in her organizational skills and communications skills. I enjoyed the way she introduced french culture to us through the story of Monique while we were traveling by bus. Her regional snacks which she gave us were delicious. I li her special events like our picnic at the castle, castle tour, visits to family-run wineries and olive tree farmer and his pottery-making.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"reaching Aiguille du Midi on the gondola ride in Chamonix. The sun was out and it was bright and clear "on top of the world". The magnificent French Alps and seeing the individual hikers far below us hiking on the mountain paths were wonderful memories. Enjoying the free time which this trip provides. For example exploring the Beaune public market one morning and wandering through the streets of Colmar on my own."

Judith

Calgary, AB

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An understanding of what Roman Gaul really looked like. The old hospital in Beaune. Started in 1443 and in service until 1970. The Chateau De Rully which in part dates from the 12th century. All the wine tasting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"see above"

Rich

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 6th tour and one of the best! Our tour guide, Toni, was excellent. Her knowledge of the country, the sites we visited, the history and culture of Eastern and Southern France was phenomenal. Her lectures on the bus were very informative and interesting, as well. The tour afforded a good balance of group and free time. All the towns and villages were unique, great fun and interesting. And It was a pleasure having Hilda as our bus driver as her driving skills and personality were top notch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two days of clear weather in Chamonix and the Alps! Need I say more!"

Candy

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Eastern France tour experience was superb. We loved the pace of the tour, and especially enjoyed all our fellow travelers. The French countryside was just beautiful! We loved experiencing the foods and wines of the various villages/regions and visiting the chateaux, vineyards and many castles that dotted the landscape. Toni was just wonderful as our guide and Hilda was a delightful driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two special "wow" moments: We had perfect weather in Chamonix for taking the gondola and viewing the beautiful Alps. We also had perfect weather for the wonderful lunch provided at the winery and vineyard outside of Vaison-la-Romaine."

Richard

Lincoln, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Toni Seymour ( our guide) & all of our fellow travelers were "topnotch". Locations were fun & informative and the pace of the tour was quite manageable for most of the participants. This was our 6th Rick Steves tour. There was very good chemistry throughout the tour, which added to our enjoyment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wines tasting and interaction with our guide, Toni and other fellow participants."

Patricia

Tecumseh, ON

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour and my fellow travellers. I especially liked the diverse regions we explored- it emphasized to me that France, like most countries, is a collection of regions. The food and wine was awesome, what we shared with the group and what we experienced on our own!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in a quiet gondola going over the Helbronner Pass while in Chamonix. It was magical to be surrounded by the mountains and view the hikers below us. Very cool to start out in France and 40 min. later be in Italy! A smaller wow moment was visiting St. Remi Church in Reims, it is exquisite. It was on my "list" of places to see but did not think I was going to make it there, so was thrilled when the group arrived early for the champagne tasting and we were able to go inside."

Dale

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Toni was a fantastic guide. She communicated well with everyone. She knew all the various staff at the restaurants and hotels and ensured everything going well. Her recommendations for sites and food were on point. Can't say enough about what a great job she did. The cities were well chosen and the hotel locations very central to allow us to see the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved walking thru Chamonix and then looking up at Mt Blanc towering over us. Couldn't have had better weather. Wonderful visibility."

Marianne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This, our 6th Rick Steves tour, was exceptional. The locations, hotels, meals, and experiences were all well thought out and fun. Our tour guide, Toni, was wonderful too, her many years of guiding French tours was apparent and much appreciated. I thought the French Alps would be the piece de resistance during the 2 week tour but really, all of eastern France was a delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our full day in Chamonix dawned crystal clear and sunny and going up to the Aguille du Midi and then across to Italy was magical. We could see the Matterhorn in the distance. Colmar was picture perfect and Provence was so charming. On our own after the tour, we headed to Cassis on the Mediterranean for the day to see the calanques, that was gorgeous too. Eastern France is full of Wow moments!"

Jana

White Bear Lake, MN

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyable group of people to spend two weeks with and a nice variety of places and experiences on this tour. This is a foodie trip for sure. Lots of good meals and wine tasting...and Champagne tasting...and wine tasting. I think you have an opportunity to create a new tour, too: The Best of Provence. My husband and I spent a week after the tour renting a cottage in St. Remy and had many WOW moments. Really glad we got to see much more of Provence than this tour gives you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola ride from France over to Italy where we had a late breakfast. Such a unique experience to ride a gondola and look down on people far below, hiking the mountain. Stunning scenery and gorgeous weather. A second WOW is the delicious lunch we had at the Mourchon winery and the tour and tasting there. Walter is a character and wonderful. We look forward to enjoying the wine that he is shipping to us!"

Susan

Portland, OR

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our small group (20 travelers) began as strangers, ended as family. Experiencing the tour, traveling on and off the bus between cities, and our primary tour guide in particular, brought us together. And then there was the beauty and history all around to satiate our senses. The trip was fun, enriching, and one for the memory book to savor for a long time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so much to "wow" about, but having the Tour de France skirt our tour route and race through a couple of cities we were visiting was a thrill. Timing!!"

Laura

San Jose, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed my tour of a Eastern France with Daniela. She was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. Luc was an excellent driver too. We saw many beautiful places, tried lots of wine, and enjoyed great food. I would definitely recommend it to others, I was surprised that the group was mostly composed of 60 and 70-year-olds. While some were very fit, many had difficulty walking quickly and climbing steps. Therefore, I think the pace of the tour had to be slower.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know that I had a wow but enjoyed Chamonix, dinner in a wine cellar, and lunches at wineries."

Patricia

Montreal, QC

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience overall. Great to see towns and villages instead of big cities for a change. The guide and the whole group were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite moment was the visit to the Chateau du Rully. I was at a restaurant once in France and the sommelier recommended a Rully to go with the dinner, and I have loved that wine ever since. I would never be able to go to that Chateau all by myself, so it was a great visit for me."

John

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. daniella is an excellent guide and her frequent "happy hours" helped build new friendships. The stop at Verdun was impressive and was a cause for reflection. In Reims we did the Mumm tour independently and found it tobe much more informative than the tour prvided to the group. We would suggest that it be made part of the tour.. Chamonix was incredible. Even though its 500 steps down and consequently 500 steps up, the ice cave were well woth the investment in Motrin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ice caves and scenery in Cahimonix were incredible. The theater in Orange was impressive. We would have enjoyed seeing a performance there, but alas none was scheduled. We enjoyed watching the locals play Petanque in Vaison-la-romaine, even though they were not wearing the traditional Petanque shoes."

Gerutha

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Chamonix. Beautiful views from every part of the city!"

Paul

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was well thought out and logical in the sense that things were done in some kind of ordered way with a plan. It gave us an experience with the french culture that went beyond the tourist perspective, especially with the explanations of why things were the way they were. I personally had an issue with my knee and pain which was sometimes difficult but Daniela was very considerate of my situation and did much to help me enjoy the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Chamonix and the view of the mountains and glaciers."

Olga

Dallas, TX

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour tremendously. Everything was great: from Daniela's history and culture lessons and her careful planning of our itinerary, as well as the meals. Loved her treats of wine with some of our meals. The scenery along our bus rides and the beauty of places we visited and stayed at were truly memorable. I found all of our accommodations above average in comfort and location. Our bus driver, Luc, was always positive, helpful and had a smile for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment had to be the view from peaks at Chamonix and the sunset over one of these peaks as viewed from the street. In addition, I was awed by the condition of the Roman arena in Orange. It is over 2000 years old, yet it is still in use and looks great."

Francea

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. I would have chosen a different tour in the Champagne region. We went to GH Mumm on our own and found it much better than the champagne tour In Reims. Daniela was delightful and our group was great. The hotels were all very good except the hotel in Vaison-la-Romaine. The woman at the front desk was very rude and not helpful at all. Because the hotel was built in the 1500 or 1600's , the stairs were uneven, windy and steep, making navigating a suitcase difficult.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was wonderful and quite beautiful. It was very hot, but seeing the ice caves was well worth the heat and trek. Multiple times we got together for happy hours. Tasting the wines from the regions was really fun and educational and enjoyable with our group."

Carole

Placentia, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience with this tour was wonderful. This was my first tour of any kind. My husband and I travel on our own typically. We decided to do a tour with some appreciation, but were not disappointed in any way. We had plenty of time on our own, great guided times, and a wonderful group to share the experiences with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very difficult to choose one moment, but the view from our room, in the hotel we stayed at in Vaison-la-Romain was particularly memorable. It was a beautiful step back in time."

Kari

Davis, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Daniela has an upbeat personality, and she kept things humming. We experienced a number of French subcultures during our two-week visit. The tour is particularly geared toward wine tasting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the tram to the top of Aiguille du Midi. From there we took the tram down to the halfway point, where we disembarked so we could hike a number of miles over to the glacier. It was a rigorous hike, but incredibly scenic."

Virginia

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful group, super guide, visited so many different places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aguille du Midi in Chamonix, top of the world."

Michele

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves' tour, and one that I'd been wanting to take for years now. What really made this trip extra special was our group - everyone got along exceptionally well, and all were like-minded in regards to travel and life in general. Our guide, Daniela, was attentive, and provided a great amount of information along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps my favorite WOW moment was when we arrived in Chamonix- there's something about being surrounded by snow capped mountains with crystal clear blue skies along a raging river that makes us so happy. Chamonix was especially intriguing with dozens of paragliders every day soaring above us. In addition, the trip up the Aguille du Midi was breathtaking, with views that are hard to describe unless you've been there."

Judy

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour, guide, local guides, driver. A wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix, perfect weather, nice hotel."

Dennis

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 10th tour with Rick Steves and they have all been great. This tour was better than we had expected with another excellent tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was gorgeous with clear skies and warm weather. Our GAS tour found the Alps in mostly cloudy conditions."

Linda

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guide, Patrick, was outstanding. His knowledge, coupled with personal experience, added a lot to the overall experience. I found the various tour locations to be educational and fun. The accommodations were a good mix of modern and historic. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting a chateau that had been in one family since the fourteen hundreds, tasting wine in the original kitchen, and then having lunch on the grounds."

Karen

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Too much great food, too much good wine, and not enough walking to remove the calories, ha ha! While not as active as the other tours we've taken (which we knew going in), this trip still provided a variety of interesting experiences. Rather than a collection of world-class "wow" sights, it was a chance to slow down and appreciate the history and culture of the French countryside - a different and rewarding perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal favorites were the time spent in Chamonix for the glorious Alpine scenery, and the visits to the Chateau de Rully and Domaine de Mourchon vineyards. The opportunities to learn about the vineyards, the wines, and the family histories from the owners themselves was very special, as were the two delicious alfresco lunches! The tranquil view over the Provencal countryside from our window in Vaison-la-Romaine is another special memory."

Helen

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations because of the in-depth historical and cultural interpretations we were given. Our guide was especially knowledgeable on each place we visited; he explained the backgrounds of the people who had originally settled in the provinces we visited. The interpretations enhanced the entire experience, and expanded upon the explanations in the Rick Steves guide book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Verdun - I didn't expect it to have the emotional impact it had on me, 100 years after WWI."

Donna

Abbotsford, BC

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good. Glad I went. Just as described in the tour booklet ie walking, stair climbing, etc. Scenery spectacular. Tours of wineries perfect. (I am in the business.) Attention to detail super. Learned lots about history, the wine business, Roman ruins, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow"s: The tour & tasting of the Mourchon Winery in Seguret. The French peekneek we had at the chateau that our tour guide arranged & brought the food. Very impressive and delicious!"

Ann

Victoria, BC

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. Chateaus, mountains, lakes, quirky hotels and all. It could be renamed :The Wine tour of Eastern France. I am not much of a drinker and am not sure 4 wine tastings were necessary but I knew what I had signed up for, and I wouldn't have missed the last one for anything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch in the courtyard at the vineyard near Séguret. Light breeze under the shade of a plane tree, superb food, charming hosts and guide, and an absolutely gorgeous setting. And a little dog called Canelle who wandered around looking hopeful....."

Jane

Allen Park, MI

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip to France was so positive that it has encouraged me to travel to the other areas in France. I also enjoyed being able to practice my French with Frenchmen who were very kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting off the bus in the middle of Chamonix and seeing the striking beauty of the snow covered mountains, including Mont Blanc. Also - Touring the old fort and battle grounds of Verdun!!!"

Jayne

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steve's tour, and again, we had an excellent time! Tour guide Patrick couldn't have been better! It was very nice to see the "other" side of France! We saw from wineries to the top of spectacular Mont Blanc! We made many new friends that were in this group which happens every time we take a tour with Rick Steve's! We've always made good friends on these tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Chamonix and taking 2 gondolas to the top of Mont Blanc! The views were spectacular and we could see ice climbers and paragliders taking off from there! Amazing! We really enjoyed staying in Colmar too!"

Valarie

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A lovely introduction to champagne and wine country! A wonderful mix of culture, history and culinary experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose: Chamonix and Mount Blanc were unbelievably beautiful and we were fortunate to have clear skies and warm temperatures during our stay. It would be difficult to surpass our visit to Mourchon Winery and our delicious lunch on the grounds there. Absolutely magical. Of course, touring a chateau with the 26th generation current day Count and picnicking on the chateau grounds was special."

Gary

El Sobrante, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first tour with Rick Steve. We really enjoyed the whole trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The French Alps, Mount Blanc was like Yosemite Valley with a big glacier hanging over the town."

James

Rockwall, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was pleasantly surprised. My previous experience in France was helping to lead a student tour. While i enjoyed that tour, i was never really able to relax and enjoy the experience. Your tour provided enough excursion options, but still left plenty of time for us to enjoy the sights on our own, or catch a nap in the afternoon. This was my first Rick Steves tour and it won't be my last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be hard to pick just one. For a single event, I would have to say the tour of the Mourchon winery. But all the time spent in Colmar was wonderful. It has piqued my interest in taking a RS tour of Germany."

Jeannette

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour ran smoothly and seemed effortless although I know how hard our guide, Daniela, must have worked to make it seem so. Of my four Rick Steves's tours, this one was the longest and most leisurely. My husband and I would have preferred a more active trip but others may not have. The excursions were first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One WOW moment was the surprise visit to the Royal Saltworks close to Beaune. I'd never seen how salt was made. More surprising was an architectural exhibit of the futuristic architect Ledoux and a Jules Verne temporary exhibit. A second WOW moment was the lunch at the Mourchon winery in Seguet. Lunch was outdoors under the trees in the yard of the owners. Perfection!! A third WOW was the picnic at Chateau du Rully. So much fun!"

Clyde

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learned a lot in an enjoyable way. Everything was well organized and we had a wonderful tour group. Really had an excellent emersion experience in Eastern France life and sites. Fun trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking, driving and picnicking through Burgundy and Provence country side, vineyards and wineries/chateau."

Leonie

Charleston, SC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great cohesive group with excellent,caring tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many- Ossery at Verdun,Lunch at vineyard in Seguret,Royal Saltworks"

Evangeline

Leesburg, VA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second RS tour. The first was last year's Paris tour, which we enjoyed so much we had to return last Christmas. This tour showed us the beauty of the French countryside. I was amazed at the variety and abundance of food and wine in the towns and villages, each with its own culture, history, and architecture. I loved the chateaux, vineyards, castles, and sites that we visited. Our tour group members were so nice and were committed to having fun. Overall a most delightful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That there is more to France than Paris. Discovering the French countryside. I would like to return to see more of it in other RS tours."

Jane

Sapulpa, OK

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is a great tour. We had a wonderful time. Our guide Daniela was fun, engaging, and enthusiastic. Bus driver Luc was great as well. We covered such a range of terrain (and terroir!) in the two weeks of the tour. The pleasure was increased by the group itself, which bonded almost immediately. The little extras, including the picnic at Chateau Rully, the lovely vineyard visits, and the "surprise" visit to the Royal Salt Works were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I had a "wow" moment. Possibly the Roman theater in Orange, or the Alps in Chamonix."

Bill

Carlisle, PA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour stops were all very good - with LOTS of wine tasting opportunities. We enjoyed surprise visits like the impromptu tour of the ST. Remy church with the caretaker. There were several other surprise visits, like to the saltworks, that turned out to be very interesting. We thought Daniela did a good job of adjusting the itinerary when needed. Having bad weather in Chamonix, was a disappointment, however.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mourchon winery and picnic was a real highlight. The winery itself and its site (once we got up the hill) were a delight, but the picnic on the grounds was unforgettable. We'll be eagerly awaiting for that case of wine to be shipped home! On the other end of the scale, visiting Verdun and the ossuary was more of an intellectual "Wow" moment. It was hard to walk away from there without a very visceral reaction to all those bones - the detritus of war."

Anne

Commerce, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth RS tour..and another great one- it was fabulous! One asks oneself if they can continue being as good as the others...and by gosh, it happens! Excellent tour. Having been on three others with higher rated activity levels however, there might need to be a reassessment of this tour- seemed more active then I thought. That is not a negative for me in any way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Daniela made sure we had many wow moments, but I guess the French Alps and Chamonix were closes to my biggest wow. The tour allows one to experience different regions that are different from the others. Everyday had a wow in it!"

Annette

Rockwall, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I had hoped it would be. Exploring France outside of Paris was my goal, and this tour took us to some beautiful places. Colmar was perfectly picturesque, Beaune fascinating and authentic, Chamonix had mountain "wows", Vaison-la-Romaine was a lovely surprise, and Aix-en-Provence was a beautiful ending. The food was superb, with excellent group meals in each town, with enough time to explore food and places on our own. Market days and wine tastings were highlights!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wasn't expecting Colmar to be so picturesque and such a charming blend of French and German cultures. The flowers there were stunning!"

Catherine

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 15th Rick Steves tour and I rank it among my top 3! Outstanding! Why? As always on a Rick Steves tour, it was the combination of a wonderful guide Chris Coleman, the region we traveled through, the experiences, and our tour mates who were a delight to travel with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several delightful experiences, but my ultimate WOW moment came on a day near the end of the tour when we visited the Domaine de Mourchon winery in Vaison-la-Roman (southeast France). The vineyard owner educated us about his wines and how they are made, and his daughter toured us through one of the vineyards, and then were treated to a relaxed luncheon on the patio of the owner's mansion - amazing food and wine. WOW!"

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Lunch at Domaine Mourchon 2. Scenery at Chamonix 3. Sole Meunière at Aux Trois Poissons in Colman"

Dorothy

Aurora, IL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As always great guide and fun folks. the trip was another success for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the last vineyard with lunch on the patio of the owner."

Susan

Newport Beach, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting tour of Eastern France with an exceptional group of fellow travelers. Our guide Chris Coleman was very helpful, very informative, and a pleasure to be with. The places we visited on our tour were a nice variety of history, towns and terrain, including the chance to go into the French Alps. I really enjoyed all the winery tours and tastings as well - they added a fun component to the trip. Would highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one "wow" moment - there were so many during the trip. My absolute favorite would have to be the tour, tasting and lunch at Domaine Mourchon. It was a very informative tour, loved the wines, and the setting for the lunch was spectacular, as was the view."

William

Hattiesburg, MS

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an excellent reintroduction to France after a 2007 Heart of France tour. I appreciated the opportunity to visit the various cities and regions in this tour and compare and contrast the varied cultures, food and wine offered in each. Also the weather was near perfect for all the tour. We had in Christine an upbeat, funny and skillful tour guide. I think she was, in no small part, responsible for the success of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The light show at the Reims Cathedral 2. Going high near Mont Blanc in Chamonix 3. Lunch at the vineyard outside of Vaison la Romaine"

Thomas

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time in this part of France. Chris did outstanding job orienting, coordinating, caring for group. Good group of fellow travelers. As usual, good blend of small/large sites, time with & apart from group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aiguille du Midi, a breathtaking moment in the Alps."

Elvice

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As on previous RS Tours, it was an excellent mix of urban and rural, a good mix of alone-time and group-time. I left feeling like I got a good feel for Eastern France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondolas to the top of Mont Blanc and seeing the beauty of the Alps spread out before me under a blue sky with powder puff white clouds. I have some issues with vertigo, so I was careful about where I kept my eyesight, both on the gondola rides and on the peak, but I am VERY glad I went to the top!"

Margo

Winchester, VA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed being with a small group of people who all shared the same attitude about seeing a different country and spending two weeks being Non-American! After traveling in other small groups and by ourselves in recent years it was refreshing to not be treated as being in Kindergarten and given lots of free time to enjoy the wonderful places on our own. The hotels were all in locations that allowed us to walk out the front door and be in the center of the tourist or historic part of town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lovely lunch prepared by the staff at the winery and vineyard in Cotes du Rhone. It was a lovely setting with great food! I have so many wonderful pictures that will refresh my memory over the years. I do not drink wine, but all the winery tours and stepping into the small vineyards with the owners was enjoyable."

Frederick Charles

Glenwood Springs, CO

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't do "wow" moments."

Christopher

Aurora, IL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Delightful itinerary with lots of variety. We especially appreciate the effort to minimize one-night stands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding proper bedsheets rather than a duvet in our hotel in Vaison. Highlight of the trip. Another highlight was the visit and home-hosted lunch at the Mourchon Vineyard. The gougeres at Chateau de Rully and the woodworking by an ancestor were notable as well."

Ronald

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A really interesting tour with lots of different kinds of activities to explore E. France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one!"

Christina

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is my 6th tour, done just after the May 7 Paris/Heart of France tour. I have very mixed emotions about this tour. Not enough to to see/do in Colmar/Beaune. Chamonix was beautiful. Boat ride in Annecy fun /beautiful/magical despite imperfect weather. Vaison interesting but hotel/square not that great for 3 nights. Not enough to do. Olive oil tour mediocre but redeemed by Santonnier Denis Voeux and his workshop. Unexpected and fun. Chateau Rully tour interesting and lunch very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No wow moments. Talked this over with several other tour members and we all felt that way. Maybe the lunch at Domaine de Mourchon. Terrific setting and awesome food. Wine was plentiful but mediocre. I've had better Pinot Noir in Napa Valley."

Patrice

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A group that was muy simpatico in energy, sense of humor, interests, and in consideration and caring for their tour mates! AND, Daniela and Henri fit in easily with the group and added immensely to our tour enjoyment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular WOW moment --- although the al fresco lunch at Mourchon winery was particularly memorable for the food and setting!"

Brenda

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Daniela, was great with a good since of humor. Our group got along and enjoyed each other. I loved each place we visited and the food was wonderful. The whole experience was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't have a wow moment. I enjoyed it all."

Tamara

New Albany, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. Our tour guide, Daniela Wedel was fabulous. She was very informative with the history of France. She did a great job with helping us speak French and educating us on the proper way to work with the French culture. Daniela always had a smile and interacted with everyone in the group. Always willing to help anyway possible. Our bus driver Henri Heckers also did an outstanding job driving us safely from one village to the next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Mont Blanc."

Brenda

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great trip. Daniella, our guide was outstanding. The food was good and the scenery exceptional

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't really have a "wow" moment except to say that I think our guide, Daniella, was exceptional so would be my "wow" experience on this tour."

Peter

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Beautiful scenery, amazing food, delicious wine. The most rejuvenating vacation I've been on in many years. I greatly appreciated spending 3 nights in several towns - almost long enough to pretend I'm a native. I learned more about WWI on this tour than in all my school days. Daniela was perfect and made us all feel like a big family traveling together without the family squabbling. A perfect mix of hand-holding and "be free" guidance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. We had seen the alps previously, but sitting on the balcony of our hotel in Chamonix sipping local wine, eating cheese and baguette and looking up at the mountains was the closest I've come to wanting to quit my job, sell my house, and move to Europe."

Tammie

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, from tour guide Daniela to driver Henry it was a flawless trip. Hotels were funky and awesome. Though the one in Vaison-la-Romaine I could have used google maps to find my room (was a bit of a maze!). Specialty guides were good, wine tasting and "champagne" tasting was fun. I liked that we weren't inundated with churches on this trip, I like their place in history but they all start to look the same after a few. Alps awesome, cog train cool. Art interpretation by Daniela was fab.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Verdun - didn't know much about it. Was absolutely incredible and heartbreaking."

Sally

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A lovely, interesting mix of sites and experiences. Though the weather was sometimes challenging, we coped and enjoyed ourselves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say[INVALID]-maybe the glacier Mer du Glace outside Chaminoux and its documented, rapid retreat in the face of climate change. Also the camaraderie of this group (enhanced with all the community happy hours and local wines & goodies) was exceptional."

Karen

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

we really enjoyed this tour but found it slower paced than we expected. we knew that there would be less walking but didn't realize that there would be fewer planned activities and more time on our own - slower pace. This wasn't obvious from the activity level.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"we had a wonderful lunch and vineyard experience in Vaisson La Romain"

Charles

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide followed the prescribed itinerary and included all activities as expected. Our guide was flexible and adjusted our activities so that we would have the best chance to ride the gondola to Mt. Blanc. The menu options for our group meals (ingredients, preparation) included many of the specialities of the region. The hotels were selected based on location, location, location. The most authentic "Rick Steves" style hotel was in Colmar - city center, old world charm, friendly hosts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "WOW" moments to pick just one! Wine tasting and meal at Mourchon winery - educational tour, great guides, delicious lunch in a magical garden. The ride to the top of Mt. Blanc - spectacular scenery, breathtaking ride on the gondola. The tour of Haut Koenigsbourg (castle/fortress/chateau) - one of the most well preserved medieval castles we have toured which gave the visitor good insight into daily life of the times."

Ann

Staten Island, NY

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 17th Rick Steves tour and it was another wonderful tour! It won't be my last! I have been to France a few times but not to the places on this tour. It was really nice to see more of France. I loved the small cities and towns and enjoyed exploring each place we visited. It was a real feast not only for the food but a feast for the eyes to see the beautiful countryside, churches, vineyards and museums and streets! Colmar was picture perfect and charming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the whole tour was a wow moment because France is such a beautiful country. Each place we visited had its own charm. I loved our lunch at Mourchon winery which gave us wonderful food and sitting outside in breathtaking scenery. I enjoyed visiting Aix en Provence and walking around the windy streets and sitting outside to have drinks. It was just a wonderful relaxing tour."

Denise

Hartland, WI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second tour of France with Rick Steves and I thought It was spectacular, The travelers were friendly and fun, I enjoyed the variety of activities and independent time in every town, Chris was a great guide who was always attentive and kind to everyone, I enjoyed everything about the trip,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the day at the Mourchon wine tour, The Domaine de Mourchon was so beautiful The McKinlay family was so welcoming to our group, The lunch was exceptional in a gorgeous setting, Another wow moment was in Chamonix taking the gondola up to see Mont Blanc,"

Steve

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second tour & we thoroughly enjoyed our time with the group. The guide was good & the food and wine were excellent. I tell my friends that we ate and drank our way through Eastern France. This one had a slower pace with a lot less walking than our first tour which we understood from the documentation. However, I prefer a faster pace with more activity for our future trips; just too much down time for me. I would recommend it to other who are interested in smaller towns & wine

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments stood out for me: going up to Mount Blanc in Chamonix was breathtaking. Then in Vaisson La Romain, we had a perfect day to tour a vineyard, taste their wines and then enjoy a superb lunch outside the villa on the vineyard with our group. The atmosphere, company, wine and food came together perfectly."

Thomas

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first time to eastern France and we were delighted to experience many new things and places. As with our previous eight Rick Steves' tours this one was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Hospice at Hotel Dieu in Beaune was very special. Amazing that this facility provided care for the needy (and others) for 5 centuries! The building was beautiful, too. In fact, some architectural historians refer to the roof of Hotel Dieu as "the most beautiful in Europe." Another very special time was our visit to the winery in Provence. The vineyard and winery tour were both wonderful, but having lunch and enjoying very fine wine in this beautiful setting was just terrific."

Karen

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eastern France was a delightful tour! The food was outstanding and the sites visited were varied and interesting. Our guide, Chris, was a great leader, enthusiastic and so knowledgeable. Her easy manner made each day a joy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is a tie for my wow moment. The visit to the count's castle and his tour of his family's home for twenty-six generations was so personal and comfortable. The visit to the winery in Provence was equally wonderful. The setting on a hilltop was beautiful and the gourmet lunch at the owners' home was a spectacular feast. Perhaps these visits were both so memorable because each man was sharing his passion and his home with us. We were instantly his good friends!"

Steven

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly what I have come to expect from Rick Steves tours...professional, fun, informative and filled with comraderie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the tour and subsequent lunch with the perfect location, food, wine, hosts and views at Marchon Caveau!!!"

Roscoe

Elizabethtown, PA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excelent guide and an excellent group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mt. Blonk"

Bruce

Hutchinson, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. The cultural, historical, and architectural education I received was outstanding. Most of the towns we stayed in and activities we participated in were interesting and worthwhile. We also enjoyed the members of our tour group. Everyone got along and we made some acquaintances we hope to keep in contact with. I would have rated the trip "outstanding" except for the time in Reims. The city walk was just OK and the champagne winery we toured wasn't a working winery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "wow" moments on this trip - the river canal and architecture in Colmar, the winery in Vaison la Romaine, but the best for me was the natural beauty of Chamonix. Taking the tram to Midi and the train to the Glacier were fun activities that allowed to see the breath taking beauty of this area."

Joan

Bar Harbor, ME

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There were very ill people on our tour. The front of the bus had the GI Tract problems and the back of the bus had upper respiratory illnesses. We sat toward the middle, trying to avoid contact with both. The tour was very good. However, the options for the non-wine tasters were limited. I really liked our French language lessons on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the glacier near Chamonix was amazing."

Bonnie

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I thought it was a wonderful tour. Got to see a lot of neat things. Just wish it could have been a slower pace. It would be nicer if there was only one event per day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a Wowmoment as I had never seen any of it before."

Richard

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I loved it. It was our first Rick Steve's tour and we had a wonderful tour guide (Daniella) who was very knowledgeable throughout the tour and demonstrated a friendly atmosphere the entire tour. We also had the best bus driver (Hilda) on this planet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Aix-en-Provence. A marvelous old town, that was so much fun to stroll through the shops and stop at the outdoor cafes. There was a large street/flea market going on with a marching drum band, it was very festive and fun exploring."

Glenn

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Liked the tour a lot, and thought the group dynamic was pretty good. First time on a Rick Steve's tour, and liked it enough to come back for Village Italy at a later date. The best part was being able to access places what would be much more difficult to do independently. There was an overview of different types of attractions to provide good balance overall. The bus and driver Hilda were stars of the tour - got us to our destinations safely and efficiently with no wasted time and in comfort

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At top of Aguile du Midi and inside Mer du Glacé at Chamonix, and enjoying lunch outside on a beautiful Provence day at Mourchon Vineyard. Walking around the market at Annecy was special as well."

Walter

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Eastern France tour was a wonderful combination of history, food, wine and culture. I especially enjoy exploring smaller towns. Our guide and fellow tour members made this a rewarding trip. The diverse set of experiences is what I've come to appreciate about Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had a spectacularly beautiful day at Chamonix. The tram to Aiguille du Midi and cog train to Mer de Glace were extremely memorable experiences. Lunch under the trees at Mourchon winery was another highlight."

Marcia

Olympic Valley, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Since I am not a wine drinker I would have liked to have more experiences that were not related to wine mixed in with the winery visits. I wanted to go to Eastern France and so I was happy with the tour in general. I would have liked to have much more history presented along with some talks about the Tour de France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Chamonix, Colmar, and the Roman ruins at Vaison la Romaine. The Le Corbusier church was a wonderful bonus."

Jean

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an excellent trip with interesting sightseeing. Daniela was an excellent guide--one of the best we've had in 4 Rick Steves' tours. The optional extras she built in were very interesting and well worth the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the Aiguille du Midi gondola was spectacular. We went up twice. The Mourchon winery was also a highlight."

Patricia

Mclean, VA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, outstanding guide, comfortable and convenient accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to Verdun and learning about WWI. Education about French wine."

Edward

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary for this trip made it very special. It had the variety we sought, and was well paced. WE enjoyed our trip mates. Our guide did a fine job of balancing all of the needs of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the Verdun expereince was "Wow" for me. It is not a single sight, but rather the entire story of what happened in that place."

Joann

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eastern France was our 7th RS Tour. Our guide, Daniela, was outstanding in creating a caring group of fun-loving travelers. I enjoyed the variety of landscapes and small towns we visited during our tour. Experiencing life in smaller towns has always been a favorite part of my travels and this tour is pretty much exclusively less populated places. This was a slower paced, laid back tour...which I loved! I was quite content with the wine focus and did not miss all the museum and church visits!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many little "wow" moments: a clear day in Chamonix, a fabulous French picnic at Domaine de Mourchon, and visiting all those sweet little markets."

Ramona

Mansfield, OH

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The whole trip was very interesting and enjoyable. I especially liked the way Virginie taught us French phrase and us introduced to the French culture through the make believe family. The sounds, sights and tastes through the tour immersed in everyday life in France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 2. Mount Blanc and the WW1 bunker at the battlefield of Verdun. The first was spectacular and beautiful and the second was stark, emotional and educational."

Elizabeth

Malvern, PA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After 3 trips to Paris, I was ready to see more of France, and this tour was a terrific taste of France beyond Paris. I enjoyed all of it, but Chamonix and it's mountains, and Aix en Provence and it's connection with Cézanne were my personal favorites. Our guide, Virginie, did a great job of explaining French culture in an enjoyable way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Chamonix on an overcast day, and waking up the next morning to find we were surrounded by glorious mountains!"

Angie

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided good wines and variable and beautiful landscapes. I appreciated the information about WWI and WWII which began the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I felt as if I were in a dream world for most of the trip. Our picnics provided such wow moments because we shared great food and beautiful scenery. Of course, the Alps wowed this traveler since I live in flat and car congested Houston, TX."

Stephen

Reisterstown, MD

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had an extremely nice time. Truly enjoyed the rather leisurely pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single moment stands out - but the entire 3 days in Colmar was just terrific."

Derek

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt well cared for and educated. The locations provided a variety of experiences and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This had to be Chamonix at Mont Blanc. The clouds parted to let the late September sun make a dazzling show of the mountains. The tour through the town allowed us the independence to explore on our own."

Bill

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th tour and it was, as usual, a delightful experience. Our guide was superb and the information she provided greatly enhanced the tour. She also took good care of us. The route was interesting and the stops well chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This did not seem to us to be a "wow" sort of tour. We saw cathedrals, towns, Roman ruins, a castle, the Alps, a battlefield, and four wineries. All were well worth seeing but none of them were the most spectacular or interesting places we've seen. That said, the tour was a wonderful overview of eastern France and we understand the region and its culture and economy much better than we did before. If there was any one moment that stood out, it was seeing the carnage that occurred at Verdun."

Franklin

Sparks, NV

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was as expected, excellent. Enjoyed all the wine tastings and area's visited. This was the most laid back of the Rick Steve tours we have been on. The tour was enjoyable, no rushing, nice easy pace. I would have preferred to have at least 4 to 6 hours in Verdun. I would recommend anyone who reads history, especially, WWI, come before the tour, rent a car and go to Verdun and spend at least a day seeing the sights not covered on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine tasting and lunch in the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone. Kate's tour of the vineyards, winery, lunch and her father, Walter, host of the wine tasting was the best. Always enjoy the picnic's on the RS tours. Toni did a great job on the picnic at the Count's castle."

Gail

Reno, NV

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a wonderful tour of Eastern France

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were no real WOW moments on this tour. Just very enjoyable experiences. Good scenery and sites. Good guide. Good travel companions. Good food. Good wine!"

Susan

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour delivered all we had hoped for and more at unexpected moments. The changes in venues were acceptable although a smaller Champagne producer would have been ideal. The theater in Orange was covered in scaffolding. Perhaps Pont du Gard would have given a better experience for Roman culture. The planed meals were excellent and adequate proportions. The many wine opportunities were extraordinary. Some of the bottles we experienced were corked and were discretely confirmed by our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visits to the small wine producers were our WOW moments. The dedication and hard work that they give to producing their wine is inspiring. Visiting the vineyards at harvest time was eye opening. Being in the vineyards tasting a variety of the left behind grapes was truly amazing."

Randolph

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to France many times but never to this Eastern area. We wanted to experience the culture and history of this area and we were not disappointed. A great deal of French culture is defined by the enjoyment of food and wine and this tour more than provided satisfying experiences. Our guide Toni, with her 30 years of living in France, made our tour informative and well organized. The pace of the tour was leisurely with plenty of individual time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two stand out. Number one was our visit to Domaine de Mourchon vineyard in the the Cote du Rhone on a perfect day. The owners daughter, Kate, gave the best, clearest and most understandable wine making presentation I have ever experienced. We then adjourned to a fabulous fresh lunch under shade trees with a beautiful vista of the countryside. It just doesn't get better than that. The other experience was much the same with a picnic lunch at the ancient Chateau de Rully outside of Beaune."

Ann M

Catonsville, MD

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved everything about this tour. It was a part of France that I had never been to. The places we visited were all so different and yet so French! I enjoyed the historic nature of the towns and also the winery visits. The tour included a good mix of both. Our guide, Toni, was wonderful and really enhanced the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick a favorite, but I have to say that our tour and luncheon at the Mourchon winery were very special. Kate, the owner's daughter gave the best tour of this type that I have ever had. She was very knowledgeable about the vineyards and the winemaking process and she was able to convey her information in a way that was eminently understandable without being "dumbed down". The buffet luncheon was the piece de resistance. An idyllic setting on a beautiful day. Ooh la la!"

Claire

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A manageable, educational and interesting tour packed full of new information and experiences. Beautiful and varied wine experiences from 5 different regions that covered all aspects of wine making from growing grapes to tasting the finished product. All this was paired with an array of wonderful food experiences and local accommodation. And a great group of people to spend 2 weeks with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose but top of the list was the WW1 tour by a local guide including the Douaumont Ossuary and the champagne caves in Reims."

Cynthia

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful scenery, charming towns, lots of wine and too much food! Definitely a tour for wine lovers. Loved the many sights, but would have liked more about the history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two chateaux (Haute-Koenigsbourg and the Rully tour with the Count); beautiful fairy tale town of Eguisheim; the constantly changing views of the Alps and Mt. Blanc in Chamonix; sunny, lovely Provence."

Laurilee

Sparks, NV

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was fun. The accommodations were lovely. The food delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mourchon Winery lunch was fabulous. I was living the Provence dream under the plane trees, sipping wine and eating farm fresh food. A highlight of the trip."

John

Duvall, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the city orientation walks, bus rides through the French countryside and Alps. A bit disappointed in a couple of the hotel accommodations and restaurants... Our guide was very knowledgeable and proactive in preparing us for each day...including special treats to share almond the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our picnic lunch following the vineyard tour and wine tasting at Domaine du Mourchon Winery was wonderful!"

Mary

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was piggy backed into our Paris tour. I enjoyed the cities more with each stop and didn't want to leave any city especially Colmar. I loved market day in any city. The group was a great blend of people. Our bus driver, Luke was cheerful, sociable and a great driver. The local guides were top notch and I am raving about the fine lodging we had throughout our 2 weeks. I wish we could have stayed an extra day in Aix en Provence but I don't know what day we could have cut elsewhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Those special visits that you only get on a Rick Steves tour: a picnic lunch provided by Daniela in Chateau Rully; a tour of the winery and a lunch made by the family in the garden of the home of the winemaker at Mourchon winery in Seguret, outside of Vaison la Romaine. I instantly fell in love with the charm of little Venice in Colmar and marveled at market day in Beaune (wish we had all day). And seeing Mont Blanc from an opposite mountain we reached via gondola. Those were WOW moments."

Stephen

Rapid City, SD

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again (for the 7th time!) we had an outstanding tour. Daniela is, of course, a gem of a tour guide. Her humor was infectious, and helped make this one of the most fun groups we've had the pleasure to travel with. The locales were superb, and the hotels were exactly the kind of quaint, fun, charming places we've come to expect on a Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"SO MANY! But one of the top moments was when the gates opened at the chateau in Rully, and we got our first view of that beautiful home. In Chamonix, seeing Mont Blanc's summit without clouds was also an awe-inspiring sight."

Patricia

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was so nice to get back to a RS tour after 4 years (previously took 4 tours in 5 years). The trip was as expected, more relaxing without early morning departures and hustle from city to city. This is a wonderful tour for anyone wanting to learn history, architecture, art while experiencing beautiful scenery, good food, fine wine, and as usual, great group of travelers!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved touring the castles and chateaus, as well as walking around the smaller historic villages. The visits to the family owned wineries were all so different and much fun."

Jan

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I loved this tour. It was well-balanced--on one hand, seeing the WWII war room in Reims and then the sobering pocked WWI battlefields and underground fortress in Verdun and on the other,watching Alsation dancers perform traditional dances, seeing a 600+ year old chateau being lovingly restored by the family in Burgundy, and the majesty of the French Alps in Chamonix.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was stepping inside the ice-cave of Mer de Glace at Chamonix and just experiencing the scenery of the French Alps. Another was seeing the Roman Theater in Orange."

James

Fairfield, IA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour got better as it went. The French alps and Provence were high points for me of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding a gondola up to the Aigee Midi in the French Alps in Chamonix and watching the world sink away. Also, eating sun-warmed grapes in a vinyard high up in Provence on the last day of grape harvesting."

Sandy

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Danielle was a great tour guide. She shared so much knowledge about the places we were visiting and more. She was very personable and interested in each of us. When looking for something specific, food or a specific souvenir, she went out of her way to search out our requests. The sights we saw were all very interesting. Each of the area guides were very informative, and took time to answer any questions. The tour itself met all my expectations. The places we visited were carefully chosen

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the trip up into the French alps. The dinners were truly representative of the French culture."

William

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a nice blend of historical sites, smaller towns and, of course, wine tasting. Daniela did a great job, and her sense of humor added quite a bit to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mer de Glace glacier was pretty amazing, as was the visit to Chateau Rully, an 800 year old castle/chateau/winery still in the original family. The champagne cellars at Pommery were unexpected in their size, and the amount of champagne they contained."

Janet

St Petersburg, FL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. . . Get the picture? I don't intend to be flippant, but I find it awkward to write a summary of an experience. The tour was a living, breathing, thing--a kind of movie that I replay through photos and mementos and maps. I found that I love French wine and French food even more than I thought I did. And, I learned that French people are kind and generous. They like to smoke, but they love to talk! How refreshi

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the top of La Flagere looking across at Mont Blanc and marveling at the continuous "dance" of clouds and sun. Still takes my breath away when I re-imagine it."

Robert

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to France many times, but this trip provided new experiences every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two WOW moments: 1. Hiking through the Alps in the shadow of Mont Blanc. What a glorious day! 2. Each member of the tour was given one item to buy at the local farmer's market. It took some scouting to find the exact items, requiring everybody to to their best at communicating in French. Then that afternoon, we put all of our farmer's market purchases together and enjoyed an amazing picnic on the grounds of a 13th century chateau. WOW!"

Deborah

Palm Springs, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, I loved it. This was my 1st Rick Steves tour. I loved the guide, Virginie More, and loved the group. Everyone was compatible and we continually migrated to spend time with each tour member. I would highly recommend the Eastern France tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to determine my "wow" moment... impossible! There were so many. I would have to say the stay in Chamonix. The town was exquisite. I only wish I had been physically well enough to have traversed Hike 1. The tram to the top was closed so we didn't get to enjoy that particular experience."

Maureen

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded all my expectations from start to finish. Our guide Virginie "taught" us all about everything French through a couple and their twin children from marriage through birth, education and old age. Virginie was a foodie and as such everyone on the tour ate well while sampling champagne and wine not to mention we all learned how to go to the market to practice our French and to shop for food for our picnic (or we wouldn't eat lunch) while visiting the Chateau de Rully

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The variety of restaurants and Hotel Le Rapp in Colmar, Le Conty (underground wine cellar) in Beaune, cooking our meal at Le Monchu in Chamonix; the amazing architecture from Roman to the present day in Reims, Colmar, Beaune, Vaison-la-Romaine and Aix-en-Province. But nature was at it's best in Chamonix and a WOW for us all"

Kelly

Cornelius, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed every moment of the tour. I love the smaller villages, and this tour had several that we visited. This was a fabulous tour. The daily activities were fun, interesting and was everything and more that I expected on this tour. Everyone of the tour members were very kind and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Chamonix and the free day to hike the Alps and the glacier ice cave, was my WOW moment. I loved the little Venice feeling of Colmar"

Susan

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had every expectation that the trip would be great but it exceeded my high expectations - in every way. Outstanding tour leader, lovely fellow tour-ers, really wonderful itinerary, great bus driver. We lucked out on weather - rained for 20 minutes on one of the 14 days. This was not promoted as a wine tour but it could have been, particularly this time of year in six wine regions. Perfect balance of scheduled and on-our-own time. My husband and I loved every minute of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name, and many of them came during the Vaison La Romaine stay. If forced to pick only one, I would say the visit to Mourchon vineyards, winery, tasting and mind-flowing lunch under the plane tree. My happy memories return to that day a lot. And the first of the two cases of wine we ordered just arrived!"

Gloria

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour. We didn't know exactly what to expect, but the trip surpassed all our expectations. It was so very well organized, and included a wide variety of experiences. The attention to detail was commendable. For instance, we were able to not only visit family wineries, but to go out into the vineyards and taste the various types of grapes.

Rich

Boulder, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another exceptional Rick Steves' tour that exceeded my wife and my expectations. Virginie was friendly, personable, knowledgeable and an excellent leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to Choose! Shopping in the market and then picnicking on the grounds of a chateau. Visiting and sample from multiple vineyards. Visiting the olive grove and art studio of Denis, the santos maker. The Pommery cellars. The provided group dinners. The chateau Kœnigsbourg."

Ruth

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. It met every expectation I had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the opportunity to visit with the various winery owners such as the count at Rully and the owners of the Mouchon winery. It personalized the wine growing process. Also, seeing the glacier at Chamonix had a strong impact on me. It clearly showed the effects of global warming. Also, Verdun was quite moving-such a tremendous loss of life."

William

Forrestville, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Eastern France tour was simply wonderful. This tour takes the traveler to five completely different regions, each with its own beauty and culture. The tour guide and local guides were engaging, helpful and very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was visiting the Chateau Rully in Bourgogne. The castle was begun in the 12th century. The current occupants can trace their family back to the 14th century in this castle. After a tour of the castle, we had a picnic with delicious local food we purchased at the Saturday market in Beaune. Remarkable!"

Eileen

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! We had a great guide, a great group, and wonderful weather. Visiting smaller cities and towns made for a relaxing trip and gave ample opportunity to be immersed in local culture, especially all the town markets. I found the French people to be delightful, charming, and passionate about their home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was lunch in the beautiful courtyard of the Mourchon winery, taking in the views of the surrounding countryside while enjoying a fabulous meal and stimulating conversation and thinking "It just doesn't get any better than this!"."

Gregory

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the trifecta. Great guide, great group, and great travel destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm a wine guy, and so my favorite moment was the tasting at Domaine De Mourchon in the Cotes du Rhone region in Seguret. The owner's daughter gave an outstanding wine tour from vines to the wine making facilities. We were so fortunate with the timing as they were harvesting the Grenache and Syrah grapes at the time of our visit. We got to witness the grapes going up the conveyor belts, getting destemmed, crushed and onto the fermenting tanks. First time in all of my wine tours to see it all."

Kevin

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best RS tour yet. The itinerary was right and the guide was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being tasked with going to the market to make purchases for our picnic. This was fun and a bit of a challenge too."

Margie

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour. Virginie was an excellent tour leader as she introduced to amazing towns, their residents and cultural highlights. We even learned a little French along the way although our pronunciations made the locals laugh.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the Aguille de Midi cable car up the mountain and hiking down to the cog train. Breathtaking scenery!"

Ron

Sunriver, OR

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour and the second half of a back to back Tour experience...the first half being a City Tour of Paris. This Tour exceeded our expectations in many ways! Our guide Virginie was very knowledgeable and personable ...wonderful person to have lead us through Eastern France. The Tour was very well organized with many different experiences that included unexpected and special surprises. There was a wide variety of unique venues and experiences with true locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With the diversity of this Tour it's collection of "wow" moments. Several experiences with locals were very memorable! Scenery that was spectacular and can only be appreciated by being there. But if there must be one "wow" it is Chamonix Mount Blanc...and being in the Mountains."

Mary

Springfield, IL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Quality quide, quality sights, quality people on the tour, and quality food

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was that my fourth Rick Steves tour was just as great as the others. That this quide was just as great as the others. That this experience was just as great as the other tours."

Sue

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I expected that this tour would focus on the wine making industry of France, but I was very pleased to see that it incorporated a lot more. Our tour included sites that are important for their cultural, historical, artistic, political, and religious significance, which made it all the more interesting for me. I have enjoyed the social aspect of each Rick Steves tour we have taken and this group of people came ready to share the experience of traveling together. It was a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Château de Rully and listening to the history of the castle explained by the owner. I enjoyed the picnic that followed outside the castle walls with items purchased by tour members at the local city market that morning. We had a lovely view and delicious samples of French food."

Bill

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another excellent tour from the RS organization, our sixth. The tour guide Julie & assistant Lauren were excellent, bus driver Wim amazing. The pace was good and the weather cooperated for the entire time. I came away with a good knowledge and feel for these regions of France: Champagne, Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy, French Alps, and Provence. Each area was unique and had its own feel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult because there were so many new and interesting sights. Verdun was its WWI dead was very sobering. The French Alp above Chamonix were magnificent and I enjoyed a day hike above the town. The medieval village of Vaison la Romaine was very interesting and a great place to stay. A highlight was the wine tour and luncheon at the Domaine de Mourchon vineyard. I enjoyed everything I experienced."

Alan

Oceanside, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary and pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wine, of course! ;)"

Rebecca

Aladdin, WY

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, great tour guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Balfour, Alps, and information re culture provided by tour guide."

Linda

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been on a Rick Steves'tour, I was SO impressed by the towns visited, some smaller, but each rich in history and tours to take, on our own or with our guide. The listening devices were so wonderful in that we did not have to hover over guide to hear, but could walk along listening and observing. Having fewer people on the tour made for making friends, enjoying each person. The tours taught each of us, with options for more athletic activities only if we chose. Well done!!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry, I cannot choose ONE favorite moment....there were so many exciting "wow" moments at each location!!!!!"

Don

Aladdin, WY

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour and those individuals touring with us as well as our leaders, Julie and Lauren. Most of the sites and towns toured were interesting and of value. Felt well taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The town of Reims and Verdun battlefield; quite an emotional experience from both World Wars."

William

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Generally excellent all the way around, but suggestions for the future: 1) Too many days (4) focused on wine tasting; 2) When we were in Vaison things weren't working as people dropped out of some events; and 3) I, and I think many others, wanted more time in Chamonix. We felt rushed without a chance to do what we wanted AND this was when the upper lift to the Aguille du Midi was broken. Skip the trip to the count's chateau in Burgundy or reduce time in Vaison and add a day in Chamonix.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfortunately you did not tell people of the sound and light show on the facade of Reims Cathedral the weekend before the tour. We were there and it was a big "WOW" moment. Otherwide, clearly the stunning views in Chamonix."

Bruce

Orange, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Activities: Interesting and fun. Each stop had great group outings. Guide: Julie was outstanding. She communicates very well, she cares about each and every tour member and she is very knowledgeable. And her assistant Lauren was awesome as well. Food: Many of the group meals were memorable, including the picnic in Beaune, the lunch at the winery and the dinners in Colmar and Chamonix. Hotels: always the weak link in a Rick Steves tour. The room in Beaune was just plain odd.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The picnic in Beaune, which began with each tour member going shopping at the Beaune Saturday Market for a contribution to the picnic. Then after the tour of the castle in Rully, being able to picnic on the Castle grounds with an amazing amount of Burgundian Treats. Fantastic."

Karla

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual...I was very pleased with my experience. This was my 12th RS tour! After each tour I am a little bit smarter. Julie certainly made learning fun and she knew not to drown us with information. For example she covered various topics while on the bus but she also allowed us plenty of time to just "zone out" and gaze out the window at the countryside while we drove by.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course there were lots of wow moments but I am going to pick our visit with the Count of Chateau de Rully outside of Beaune. He gave us an entertaining tour of his castle that he shares with his young family. We concluded the tour with a wine tasting (of wines he produced) in the 12th century medieval kitchen! How cool is that? Oh...and of course there was Mount Blanc in Chamonix...up close and personal!"

Daniel

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another wonderful tour. All the Rick Steves tours we have taken (this was number 7) have been of consistently high quality and this tour was no exception.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our stay in Chamonix was wonderful. It helped that we had wonderful weather. The hotel was lovely with our room being right on the river. Hiking on the slopes of Mont Blanc was magical."

Stephanie

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour and 2nd best, next to Greece with David. We chose this tour for it's variety of terrain, as well as the distinct wine regions. Our other, but brief, experience in France was on the 21 Day Best of Europe tour, so we enjoyed the depth of our French emersion with the French people, foods, culture, and balance between country and city life. Our travels were enhanced by our quality guides, Julie and Assistant, Lauren, our capable driver (Win), and great weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" is too tame a description of the day we hiked from the Midi Gondola to the glacier and ice cave in t-shirts and clear skies. Ten miles and sore calves the next day, but so worth our efforts to be in shape for such a hike. Hikers were from many other countries, and always friendly. It felt like such a privilege to be on that trail. The views of the ragged cliffs and quaint Chamonix below created some very memorable moments and keepsake photos."

Christine

Chevy Chase, MD

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good tour overall. Very glad we had the experience. Learned a lot about France. Enjoyed a lot of good food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix. I wish we could have stayed longer for more exploring and hiking."

Steve

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall it was fine. A very good itinerary. The meals were disappointing though, I was looking forward to better. Also, a couple of the hotels were particularly bad.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No "wow" moments really but I did enjoy visiting the Mourchon because of the friendliness of the proprietors and the nice lunch."

Gary

Saco, ME

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour and, as always, was well organized and thoughtfully planned for maximum enjoyment! Hotels, meals... everything! kept us truly immersed in the culture and sense of place of each beautiful town or village! Experiencing all of the varied wines and viticulture characteristic of each growing region were, of course, a big part of this tour and the wineries, tastings, and knowledge imparted did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While every new village seemed more picturesque than the one before, our biggest "wow" was Chamonix and Mt. Blanc in the French Alps! Having never seen the Alps "up close and personal", I was completely blown away by their breathtaking beauty! I couldn't stop looking up at them in awe for two whole days!"

Caroline

Brooksville, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful overall experience! Each day was filled with fun and informative activities reflecting the uniqueness of the regions we visited ie the food, the wine, the history and the everyday culture. A very special guide, Patrick, a most friendly and fun loving group of travelers, and the beauty of Eastern France combined to make this one of my top two favorite tours and I have been on 9...this was my second time taking this very tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day had at least one! My favorite was looking out the Hotel Beffroi window at the bell tower and the vistas of the lower town of Vaison de la Romaine at sunrise and sunset"

Susie

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It exceeded my expectations and every thing was so well organized and planned out. I was able to get a real feel for that part of France and every one we met was so kind and receptive to our tour group. Patrick was funny, candid and very well organized through out the trip. Give him a raise! Well done Patrick and also Henri our bus driver!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix knocked my socks off with the beauty of the mountains. I am an "Alps Person" and that Mont Blanc area was breath taking!"

Mary

Saco, ME

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour! Great wine, great group, great tour guide(Patrick)! And Henri, our bus driver. I loved the towns we visited. Each had such charm and comfortable lodging and great food. Every day brought new experiences and learning. These are the experiences you would never have if planned on your own. There was adequate down time as well. This was our third trip, and I find them all to be consistently wonderful. Rick Steves' concept of traveling works so well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the beauty of Mount Blanc and Chamonix and the wonderful experience at the last winery with a wonderful lunch being served in the courtyard!"

John

Peoria, AZ

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The charming and scenic towns, such as Colmar, Annecy, Beaune, Vaison la Romaine and especially Eguisheim, were wonderful. The winery tours and white wines were great, the reds not so much despite their higher prices. even though they usually were priced higher. The guide, Patrick, and the meals were the best of the four Rick Steves tours we have taken. Skip the so so boat tour in Annecy and the walking tour in Aix and spend the time at the markets before they close.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The medieval village in Vaison where we stayed in a charming old hotel for three nights. Also the Theater of Orange, which is easily as impressive as the Coliseum in Rome. The Mourchon winery tour and lunch were wonderful during our stay in Vaison. Chamonix was also very scenic and we had perfect hiking weather."

Judith

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. The pace was right--very relaxing. Patrick, Henry and my fellow travelers made this an exceptional experience.

Gerald

Lindsay, ON

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very nicely paced tour with a good mixture of wine tasting and sightseeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"nothing stands out - the entire tour was great."

Susan

Camp Hill, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth Rick Steves tour and once again it didn't disappoint! We love the format of these trips, particularly the ones that go to small towns. The group of 24 folks all got along beautifully (like minded, loved to travel, curious, adventurous types). Our tour guide, Patrick, was so knowledgeable, helpful with directions/ideas and just an overall nice guy! Would highly recommend this trip of Eastern France, great variety!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the French Alps. We stayed in Chamonix for 2 nights and we had the absolutely most beautiful, clear, blue sky days! Going up to the top of the mountains was just spectacular! We also like the Mouchon Winery tour/lunch. Kate was so knowledgeable about the growing of grapes, making of wine, and everything else involved in the business that it was a pleasure listening to her and having a better understanding of the wine business. And their wine was great too!"

Ann

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th tour and one of our favorites! My husband and I loved visiting Eastern France and the itinerary was perfect. We liked the hotels very much and done far exceeded our expectations! Patrick, our guide, was really wonderful! He was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable! Our group loved him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our favorite "wow" moment was seeing the mountains In Chamonix! The days were sunny and warm and perfect for our visit. The hotel was wonderful! We loved the cable car ride up the mountains! Colmar was also a favorite for us!"

Ben

Westminster, CO

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Patrick was a delight. Enlightened the group with both historical and geographic information. Not to mention his animated personality. France has been a dream come true for this retired traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was a big wow! Alsace and Provence in particular. Verdun was a visit to where my maternal grandfather fought during the Great War."

Susan

Brooksville, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The group was wonderful (everyone was timely and pleasant and fun) and Patrick, our guide, was very knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating to everyone's needs and wants. He chose excellent food and restaurants and always was willing to add pleasant extras such as hikes and walks to explore the areas during our "down" times. When we got to Chamonix, the big lift wasn't working, but Patrick had an alternate plan for us. The last supper was memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Day 12 in the Vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone was my favorite day. Loved the walk to Mourchon Vineyard & Winery. I learned a lot about growing grapes, loved the lunch in the courtyard, and the tastings. The best part was the hike back to the hotel. Beautiful countryside! Chamonix and the Alps was truly a wow time!"

Valerie

Westminster, CO

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patrick, our fearless leader, and our group of happy travelers made our exploration of Eastern France memorable. We arrived two days before the start of the tour to acclimate. It took two buses, two planes, three trains, and our feet to get us to Reims. We stayed in wonderful hotels. The Grand Hotel des Alpes was luxurious and the views from Hotel Beffroi exquisite, both were romantic. Thank you for making our travel adventures so wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tram up to the glacier of Mont Blanc, hiking across the peaks to the cog rail back into Chamonix. Spectacular!"

Kathy

Greenville, NC

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every way! This is what we have come to expect with a Rick Steves Tour....consistent high quality traveling. All we do in join in with a lot of enthusiasm and enjoy the experience ... wondering ... where shall we go next!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the reasons I chose this trip was to feast my eyes on the "WOW" grandeur of the beauty of God's creation, both the green hillsides of the vineyards lands and the fabulously impressive French Alps .. which we came back after the tour to enjoy 8 superlative hiking days in the face of the Mt. Blanc range."

Dave

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good: excellent tour leader; good choice of activities; good on site tour guides; and nice selection of hotels. The tour was a great introduction to Eastern France...although we had visited some of the sites before. We loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colmar. A great city to walk around, d it had some good restaurants. Les Chenins de Lumieres in Beaune. Chateau de Rully (near Beaune) with the Count showing us around. Our hotel in Vaison-sur-Romaine...Hostellerie le Beffori. It was a walk to get up to it but the rooms were large and having meals outside in their courtyard was a very special experience. The wine tastings, especially Domaine Mourchon and the delightful lunch in their courtyard. Probably the most informative of all the tastings"

Katherine

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent overall experience. Toni did a great job communicating and organizing, great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the winery near Vaison La Romaine was excellent. Learning more about the origins of the Statue of Liberty at Colmar. Seeing the battlefield and fort at Verdun."

Wayne

Yakima, WA

Tour: 07/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch and winery tour at Mourchon winery. Chamonix and mt blanc."

Robin

San Diego, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great blend of history and French culture. While this itinerary doesn't quite pack the wow's and must-see sites of some tours, it's nice to have a somewhat more low-key itinerary geared toward soaking up French culture and appreciating the personalities of the various regions. Vaison was a surprise treat I never would have found. Our group was great and Patrick was an excellent and very thoughtful guide. As others have mentioned, some of the long, late, heavy dinners need to be re-thought.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wows: Gawking at the views of Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc with tour mates above Chamonix as paragliders drifted by on a near-cloudless day; standing at the edge of a classic Provence lavender field in full bloom; the streets of Colmar during La Fete de la Musique on the longest day of the year; the lovely outdoor lunch at the Mourchon winery; the chirps and croaks of the night critters in Vaison; being among cheering throngs in Aix as France won a World Cup game."

Kenneth

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great from start to finish. Our tour group was wonderful, the itinerary was balanced and interesting, our guide Patrick was amazing, and the countryside scenery with the vineyards was beautiful. The wine tastings in the different regions was a highlight especially the family vineyards. The weather was wonderful throughout particularly in Chamonix where the Alps were spectacular. Henri our bus driver was very interesting and did a great job navigating us through some tight spots.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were two "wow" moments for me. One was the view of Mt Blanc on a beautiful sunny day from Le Brevent. The other was the wonderful picnic provided by our guide Patrick at Chateau De Rully overlooking the beautiful vineyards."

Linda

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful RS tour! I enjoyed visiting the small towns in Eastern France, and learning about French culture and history, and the wine industry. Our guide, Patrick, was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, and took good care of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning view of Mt. Blanc and surrounding mountains from the top of the cable car in Chamonix on a clear day!"

Carey

Pacific Palisades, CA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour. We had previously taken Eastern Europe and Italian Villages - both excellent and enjoyable. The tour was very well organized. Our tour guide, Patrick, was on top of every detail. He was friendly and fun. Our group was congenial and interacted well. Great dinners with fine cuisine and good vins. Lots of good information on local French areas. Our bus driver, Henry, was great! Safe and efficient driver. Friendly and fun to talk to. Definitely hire him again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola up to the top of the Mt. Blanc ski run area and seeing the parasailers floating in the sky with the snowy Alps in the background. Touring the vineyards and winery in Seguret. Loved Provence and the rich vineyards area. Great tour, lunch afterwards and high quality wins."

jane

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 06/17/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

an interesting tour with lots of variety, helped by an amusing tour director

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I dont really have a favorite 'wow' moment [it isn't my style], I just try to absorb as much as possible"

Priscilla

Kalama, WA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on the Eastern France tour. The pace was busy and the weather went from rain showers to very hot! The tour group was fantastic, and the sights were wonderful. Lots of great wine tasting and good food! A little bit more free time would have been welcomed, but we managed to do a bit on our own. We made some great friends as a bonus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me some "wow" moments were sitting in Vaison-la-Romaine in the evening eating outside and listening to great music on summer solstice evening. Watching the city celebration of families, children, dogs out for the festivities was amazing. Also, Chamonix and the ice cave were a highlight too."

Paul

Greenland, NH

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 7th Rick Steves tour and as with all our prior experiences, the tour was wonderful. From the itinerary, to the accommodations, to the activities, and, most of all, our wonderful tour guide, Toni, the entire trip was pleasure. Great job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In a trip full of "wow" moments, it is very hard to pick just one. If pressed, I would have to say it was the day spent on our own in Chamonix. Sitting on a terrace facing Mont Blanc as para-gliders swirled around overhead was so memorable for us."

Ginny

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We expected our tour to be about wine and were not disappointed. I enjoyed visiting wineries, especially meeting a real DUKE in his chateau! However, I skipped the walks through the vineyards because one vineyard looks exactly like another, and because I wasn't physically able to walk on the paths. My complaint about this tour was that Toni walked far too fast for many of us to keep up, and she didn't wait for us. Dragging suitcases for many blocks over cobblestones was very difficult.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding the old cathedral in Orange was exciting. Toni didn't even include it in her information about Orange, but only focused on the old Roman theater (only the back wall of which was original). Since we've seen lots of Roman ruins already, this one was a bore. We found the cathedral by chance and were fascinated to see the restoration as well as the very old paintings underneath newer layers. This church has a deep historical interest which should be part of the tour and not ignored."

Kenneth

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our third Rick Steves tour. The overall tour met/exceeded expectations. We had not previously been to any of the areas visited.It gave us the opportunity to see France "outside of Paris"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one "wow" moment. Memorable items include: Reims Cathedral, Pommery champagne cave, Verdun fort/battlefield memorial, Colmar - picturesque buildings, Eiguisheim, Hotel Dieu in Beaune, Kroenigsburg castle, Chateau Rully & picnic, Chamonix town & ice cave, Annecy lake boat ride, Vaison la Romaine Puymin ruins, and all of the wine regions & chateaus"

Verle

Cape Fair, MO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really good tour with really nice fellow travelers. Probably the best group we have traveled with. Guide Chris was very good, really knowledgeable about the different places we visited. She is as good as it gets for a guide on a tour. Our driver, Jos, did a wonderful job of driving the bus, and he was really personable. He became "one of the group." I didn't like the smaller bus as well as the bigger buses we have traveled on on the past. Just my preference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, more than one WOW moment for me. Visiting Colmar, Eguisheim, Annecy and riding the Midi lift in Chamonix. Thank God we got there in time to ride it before it closed for a month for repairs."

Sara

Oakland, NE

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved this tour! Everywhere we went was beautiful. Chris was an amazing guide and our bus driver, Jos, was great! The bus was very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! We kept saying "pinch me"!"

Tim

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour itinerary and tour guide. Chris was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mouchon winery tour and picnic was awesome."

Ellen

Cape Fair, MO

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour and we enjoyed it as much as the first two. I enjoyed the diversity of the destinations, the wine tastings, the charm of Colmar, Eguisheim, and Annecy, and the views of the French Alps in Chamonix. This was our second tour with tour guide Chris and we had a great experience with her again as our guide. A good group of tour mates and a good bus driver made for an wonderful experience. There was a good balance of bus time, guided activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moments included the charm of Colmar and Eguisheim in the Alsace region, taking the lifts to the top of Mont Blanc for spectacular views, the wine tasting and picnic on a perfect day at the Chateau near Beaune, and the boat ride on the lake in Annecy."

Cindi

Ajax, ON

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was beyond our expectations. I loved everything about the trip. I would recommend this trip to anyone with a love of wine, French history and immersion in the culture

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot decide. I loved the Pommery champagne winery tour, the family owned winery near Equishem, Verdun WW1 tour, walking tour of Reims, cellar dinner in Beaune"

Barbara

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour - loved the wine tastings, gorgeous countryside, pace of the tour and beautiful old towns and architecture. The Stintzi winery tour and wine tasting was excellent. The couple who own the winery are delightful, personable and the wine was delicious! The staff and family at the Mourchon winery were very hospitable providing us with a very delicious home made meal and wonderful tasting of their wines. The boat ride on Annecy was picture perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to an incredible thunderstorm in Vaison la Romaine while in the Hotel Belfroi. The rain poured, thunder crashed and the lightening lit up the sky as I looked out on the city below from high atop this amazingly old and beautiful hotel. Magical."

Doug

Hillsborough, NC

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was, for me, a trip of mixed feelings. At the end of the trip I was feeling that it was not one of our best (of 8) that we have taken. Too much like things including lots of grape vines. But I take lots of picutures and build a book with each trip and going over the pictures shows that we did- indeed- have some very interesting adventures. The small villages were the best with Colmar the most charming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boat ride and walk in Annecy on market day."

Lyn

Spokane, WA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! What more could one ask than a great guide and driver, a wonderful group of travelers, fabulous scenery and architecture and art, and super delicious wine and food? C'etait merveilleux!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was not expecting to feel so moved at Verdun. The museum was so well done, so touching and heart-rending. I wish everyone who has any responsibility for sending people to war would go there."

James

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a most informative tour all along the way. I enjoyed exploring the old cities and important sites of WWI (Verdun) and WWII (Reims). I particularly enjoyed Colmar. I greatly enjoyed the wines and cuisine of each region and getting to know some of the locals up close. Having experienced Beaune and Ruilly on a RS tour in 2004, it was fun to revisit the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say because I enjoyed so much of the entire tour. However, Chamonix was very impressive and lots of fun. Also very somber evidence of effect of global climate change on the glaciers. That was a "wow" of the wrong kind! I was very surprised to see and very interested in the old Roman ruins at Vaison-la-Romaine and Orange. Very impressive evidence of the advanced culture they created. And, finally, YES, I very much enjoyed visiting the Mourchon winery!"

Nancy

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Eastern France tour with Julie was a wonderful experience. We experienced the different personalities of each town that we visited with fantastic guides arranged for us by Rick Steves. The mix of free time and educational opportunities was just right. Julie provided in depth information about France, the government, society, education, health care, customs, food, wine, and so much more. Definitely as recommended trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains and glaciers of Chamonix were massive and incredible. There were many enjoyable moments that it is hard to pick just one. We enjoyed our winery tours, tastings, and the fabulous meal provided at the winery in the Cote de Rhône region."

Ron

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Don't have enough space to say all the great things. Julie our guide was fantastic and Hilde our bus driver was great too. The tour dinners were great-often local specialties I never would have known to order if I were on my own, and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Loved Colmar, Beaune & Annecy. Chamonix was stunning. Enjoyed our tour of Chateau de Rully. Loved the food, wine, desserts & treats everywhere. Had a good group-made some new Canadian friends. Having so much fun reviewing all our photos.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moments were the markets at Colmar & Annecy but specially enjoyed the market at Beaune, shopping for our group picnic on the grounds at the Chateau de Rully. Great artsy photos of the local vegetables & meats & cheeses at the markets - definitely NOT something you see back home. The Mourchon winery was another wow moment - enjoyed it & the group lunch at the winery. Colmar and Chamonix were definitely wow towns."

Ira

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another wonderful Rick Steves Tour I especially liked visiting and finding places that I'd heard of ... or known nothing about: The Surrender Museum in Reims The battlefields of Verdun Market day in Beaune Chamonix-Mt. Blanc (I asked Julie if we should do the cog railway or the tram ... she immediately said BOTH) And of course, Julie and our wonderful driver Hilde ... and the interesting fellow travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not much of a wine drinker, so it surprises me that my favorite WOW moment was the winery and fantastic lunch in Vaison-la-Romaine, hosted by the Scottish owner and his family. It was just a magical day and setting. The visit to the olive maker (and clay modeler) just before lunch was a treat."

Chris

Ajax, ON

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded any expectation I had. It was my first guided tour, so I didn't know what to expect. What I got was a tour of the parts of France I would never have gone to on my own, and I also had my eyes opened to 'back door' travel. I loved every minute of it, including the parts I was hesitant of, like tours of historical sites. Julie, our guide, was top-notch. Julie knows France, and having her guide us enriched our experience. What a fantastic trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, the whole tour was great, every city we visited was fabulous. But I have to say my favourite experiences were making new friends with a new couple from Texas and having long dinners with them. But also, in Vaison de Romain, we spent this magical evening in the courtyard of the hotel, with our new friends from Texas, and new friends from Berkeley, eating a simple supper of baguette, cheese, strawberries, and several bottles of local wine, purchased from the local shops. It was perfect."

Marie

Pacific Grove, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with new experiences and new cities for me to enjoy. Christine was a fun, knowledgeable guide and we enjoyed getting to know our group of guests. One couple, perhaps the youngest in the group, adopted all of us and made sure we were all included in impromptu happy hours. These provided lots of added time together as a group. As usual, the city-specific guides were excellent, knowledgeable and added greatly to the trip. Our visits to wineries were excellent experiences, as was

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix provided my wow moment. Although the weather was cloudy, the opportunity to ascend partway up some of the slopes were thrilling and had great views."

Bobbie

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour starting with our tour guide Chris, the venue and the other travelers. Chris was a wealth of information from knowledge of the country, people and the language. The choice of towns, sites and wineries were well balanced. The other guest on the trip were warm and friendly. We now have some new "best" friends from Dallas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The winery,Mourchon Caveau, in Cotes du Rhone was fabulous! We toured the vineyards, tasted the wines and was served a beautiful lunch. Coffee was served in the families china. We also had the opportunity to purchase and ship wine home."

Donald

Pacific Grove, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It might not be a "wow" moment, but the most pleasurable experience was the wine tasting and lunch at the Mourchon winery in Seguret. There were many "wow" moments as I walked in Chamonix and looked up at the snow-covered mountains."

Shirley

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very interesting with new sights and experiences. It's great to be in a centrally located hotel so that we can go out on our own and explore the town we're in. There was a good balance of sightseeing with a guide and time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix was my "wow" moment. Even though it was quite cloudy the day we visited we still got glimpses of the surrounding mountains and a sense of their grandeur. The ride up the gondola was worth it as we were in and out of cloud and got to experience the cold at the top. The train ride to the glacier and the walk down to the glacier and into the ice cave was a very unique experience."

Paulette

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 10th Rick Steves tour, we keep coming back because his formula works for us, we just "show up and have fun." Verdun and Cote du Rhone were a big draw for us and we were not disappointed. We like to think of these tours as scouting trips where we get a flavor of the local area and are exposed to the most important sights we might otherwise miss on our own. We have gone back to several RS tour areas that we enjoyed and wanted to spend more time there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Domaine de Mourchon was my favorite experience of the tour. The story behind this self-made man and his family, their fabulous wines, and a great lunch with perfect weather and the chance to socialize with fellow travelers."

Stephen

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was very good. Good balance between tour, free time and bus time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the winery lunch and the Altarpiece in Beaune. Also, I have a new appreciation for storks."

Marilyn

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 4th tour with Rick Steves. The lodging and food was the best on this tour. The hotels and inns were welcoming, many rooms were generous in size, the plumbing was more than adequate, and the wifi worked quite well. A couple of times the food portions were a bit large. However the meals overall were excellent. I really enjoyed the art and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not so much of a "wow" moment as a "wow" village. Eguisheim in Alsace was very charming. I would like to have more time to explore this enchanting town."

George

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience of the tour was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day in the French Alps and the excellent wine tours."

Fred

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have used your guide books for years to travel on our own, never taking any tours, until Sicily last November with Nina. This trip with Daniela was equally wonderful. We asked some of our group who have made several trips, "Have you ever had a guide who wasn't great?" Answer, "Never." I enjoyed everything about this trip, and Sicily, thanks to Daniela and Nina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to say. Several such moments: the rolling view of eastern France from the bus, the cog rail trip and gondola and stairs to the glacier, fondue dinner, and getting to meet our travel companions."

Michele

San Leandro, CA

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had another wonderful trip with Rick Steves! This trip was rich in history and beauty. We learned a lot and saw some amazing sites, and some that really made us remember all those that died in both WWI and WWII. The weather could have cooperated a bit more in some of the cities, but we did not let it stop us. Everything was really great, the accommodations, the food, the bus, the company, and especially Daniella and Hilda. Everything and more that we hoped for. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The most somber "wow" moment was the trip to Verdun. Riding the gondola to the top of Mt. Blanc was spectacular as was Mer de Glace, the glacier. The trip to the Mouchon winery and lunch were one of our highlights of the trip. Seeing the storks nesting in Alsace was also a wow moment."

Linda

Dayton, OH

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time on this tour. It was so enjoyable and informative - the trip of a lifetime!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was especially moved by the Battlefields of Verdun experience."

John

Dayton, OH

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved the variety of activities, the knowledge and friendliness of our tour guide, and the pleasant way everyone got along. Our bus driver was excellent, and there was enough room that no one felt they had to jostle for seats. I was delighted to see things I never would have thought to have planned to see if I were planning my own vacation. Being a guest of local people, hearing directly from them, tasting their wines--priceless to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the chateau and picnicking on the grounds is a memory I'll cherish. Being escorted through the chateau by the count, listening to his family stories and enjoying his wine! You just can't beat that for a fabulous memory."

Carol

Sudbury, MA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had a wonderful mix of history and culture and, our reason for taking this tour, vines and wines. Virginie did a fabulous job of preparing us for each stop, encouraging us to try local food and wine. She also spent quite a bit of bus time helping us to understand American/French cultural similarities and differences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Verdun. We had seen the American WW2 cemetery in central Italy last year, but the Verdun experience was amazing. Thanks, especially to our local guide and to the excellent explanatory film."

William

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was more than a tour--it was a discovery of different regions of France, aided and assisted by the best of the guides I have had on a Rick Steve's tour...and we have had many. The guide, a former teacher who had visited the US for a number of years, created a fictional couple whose interactions with other French persons and the government, employer, etc. provided the framework for a delightful narration that covered the life of an average French person.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Something minor, but something unique: a picnic at a castle, with a wide variety of food harvested from the Market, along with fine wine."

John

River Falls, WI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This area of France has so much history - good wine and customs to see that it was a great trip and a very fast two weeks. Virginie and Michaelanne did a great job of keeping us in good health ( some of us came down with a bug) and they made sure we where taken care of with seeing and talking to the right people. The hotels where the Rick Steves' normal - great location and able to walk everywhere. The transportation was excellent from town to town and around the tour areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Ruins - For things to last 2000 years is just amazing to me, since we are used to tearing things down after 50 to 100 years. The wine that was on tour was great and the tour of the vineyards and olive groves was fantastic."

Gladi

River Falls, WI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an incredibly fantastic experience. We enjoyed many varied experiences in just 2 weeks! Our tour guide, Virginie was truly an excellent educator. We traveled with a wonderful like-minded group of people. France is quietly beautiful, except the Alps - breathtaking. Fascinating, the variation of countryside we saw in such a short period of time, from quaint, flowered villages, modern city, to vineyards and snow covered mountains.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not a "wow" moment, but a place, the Maurchon Winery. The winetasting was informative, the vineyard walk educational (loved being able to sample the delicious left over grapes). And the lunch. What a setting, perfect weather, wonderful food."

James

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Verdun"

Barbara

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour! So interesting to see these beautiful, distinctive regions of France. Great guides, wonderful travel companions, exceptionally beautiful days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Reflecting on this trip, I keep thinking of all the great views...the vineyards, towns, mountains. It was one beautiful day after another. Just great."

Joseph

Sudbury, MA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip. The guide was excellent, the itinerary was just what we wanted, and the weather was excellent for the beginning of October.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch on the lawn at Mourchon vineyards near the village of Séguret was worth the trip by itself. The food and wine served was probably the best we had in France but more importantly the setting was incredible. We were next to the beautiful vineyards with views in all directions of the lovely countryside and hills. Add the good company and it was perfect."

Rowe

Newton, IA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were looking forward to experiencing the wines, foods and terroir of Eastern France and this tour surpassed all our expectations. Virginie guided us through history (Reims' 1211 cathedral to the largely unknown end of WWII), wines (Champagne to Alsace to Burgundy to Provence), foods (local, fresh and delicious fare) and sites (vineyards, olive groves, Mont Ventoux and the French Alps). Amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from the 9th century talisman of Charlemagne; 13th century Reim's Notre Dame cathedral; sober Verdun; markets with amazingly fresh and tasty foods; Koenigsbourg castle views; Chateau de Rully visit & picnic; Mont Blanc & Alps of Chamonix, Mourchon vineyards, winery and picnic with the owners; and Mont Ventoux of Tour de France fame, I can't think of any "wow" moments."

Susan

Mt Vernon, IL

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of our 5 Rick Steves' trips to date, this one was probably our favorite. We had perfect fall weather for almost all of the trip, our guide was excellent (and it was nice to have a very good tour assistant along as well), our group of travelers was fun and got along well, the cities and hotels that we stayed in just seemed to get more charming as we went along, food and wine was excellent -- it was a wonderful trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There seemed to be numerous "wow" moments on this trip. Two of them involved food and wine. The first was a visit to a chateau outside of Beaune where the count gave us a tour and had a wine sampling for us followed by a perfect picnic on the grounds. A similar visit to a Cotes de Rhone winery with lunch at the owner's home was exceptional. And finally 2 days of perfect weather at Chamonix and in the French Alps was simply magical."

Caroline

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was wonderful. We got lots of information in an easy to understand and remember form.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Blanc"

Janet

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great group, We were so happy when we had 3 nights in one place -much prefer to a 2 night stop

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix mountain top"

James

Mt Vernon, IL

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour, and they do nothing but get better and better. The planning of this tour was just outstanding. An extra day on the Verdun battlefield would have been beneficial to its appreciation. The local guides were outstanding as usual with great insight to their areas. The blend of German and French influence in Colmar was irresistible. Vaison la Romaine was so full of history and charm we did not want to leave.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had three of these. First was the Ossuary at Verdun. The place was haunting. The second was high about Chamonix on an absolutely clear day seeing Mt. Blanc in one direction and the Matterhorn in the other. The third was the serenity of lunch at Walter's home in the Mourchon winery. Heavenly!!"

Jane

Ithaca, NY

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the itinerary and the different guides we had.

Deborah

Beverly, MA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was extremely satisfied with the tour. The balance of organized time in free time was just right. The hotels were pleasant and well located. The group meals were well chosen. The size of the group was fine, although lacking in diversity. The schedule was comfortable. The bus was also comfortable but lacked Wi-Fi and recharging outlets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because my birthday would occur during the tour, I was one of two guests permitted to learn the art of sabrage – topping a champagne bottle with a saber. This was a great moment."

Linda

San Anselmo, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. I have been to France a few other times but not to Eastern region. It was very diverse and offered beautiful scenery, good food and it was a terrific group of folk as well. Chris was a wonderful guide and I found the travel to be very easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was in Chamonix, taking the gondola up to 12,600 feet and viewing the spectacular Mont Blanc and other mountains. It truly took my breath away."

Brian

Winnetka, IL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just a hoot. Lots of fun, lots of learning

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vaison town, and Walters Winery!"

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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 online customer 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 customer 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 or 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.