• Paris
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Lyon
  • Chamonix
  • Annecy, France
    Annecy
  • Pont du Gard, Provence, France
    Pont du Gard
  • St. Bénezet Bridge, Avignon, France
    Avignon
  • Arles
  • Promenade du Paillon, Nice, France
    Nice

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My Way® France in 13 Days

from $3,395 per person + air

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Your vacation to France starts by following a route that connects France's must-see sights — from monumental Paris to sunny Nice, with the Loire Valley, Lyon, Annecy, the French Alps, the Pont du Gard, and Avignon in between. Rick Steves' money-saving My Way vacation package gives you the freedom to decide your own daily sightseeing priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in centrally located hotels, private bus transportation from city to city, and a France-savvy tour manager to advise you along the way. Join us for My Way® France in 13 Days!

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What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotel arrangements and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Paris to Nice
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for tour manager and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of sights, museums, and neighborhoods in Paris. Also includes Rick's radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Costs not covered: As this is not a guided tour, you will be responsible for the cost of all your lunches, dinners, drinks, admissions, sightseeing, and non-group transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to France

Bienvenue à Paris! Known as the City of Light, Paris is blessed with more monuments and museums than anyone could ever hope to see in a single visit. Get a jump start on your sightseeing priorities today by tackling some of the city's world-class museums, like the Orsay*(r), Picasso (r), or Rodin (plan accordingly using the Rick Steves France guidebook; many museums are closed one day a week). If jetlag has you yawning, promenade along the famous Champs-Elysées or through one of Paris' many attractive parks, such as the Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens. This evening, we'll meet at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a group get-together. Your tour manager will give an overview of the days ahead, answer your questions, and offer a quick orientation to our neighborhood. Then you're free for dinner on your own and perhaps a twilight ride to the top of the brilliantly lit Eiffel Tower (r). Or, enjoy the views from below aboard a floodlit Seine River cruise.

No bus. Sleep in Paris.

Day 2: All Day in Paris

Today Paris is all yours. With your guidebook and Rick's Audio Europe app, you might begin your day where Paris did — on the Ile de la Cité* — visiting the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle*(r) and seeing the resilient and awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral. Or, take all the time you want to cover the most famous museum in the world — the Louvre*(r), home to the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo. This evening, head up to Montmartre to savor the bohemian flair of Amélie's "village" Paris. Take in the breathtaking vistas from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and drop in to a lively café for a post-dinner drink. As with every day of this trip, everything is your choice!

No bus. Free to sightsee all day. Sleep in Paris.

Day 3: To the Loire Valley

This morning we'll bid adieu to Paris. Meeting up with our bus and driver, we'll head to the château-rich Loire Valley, stopping en route to visit the immense Château de Chambord. Farther down the road, our home base of Amboise looks and feels more important than other Loire towns…because it was. Stroll along the Loire River or the traffic-free streets lined with colorful shops and cafés. However, don't miss out on Leonardo da Vinci's home, Clos Lucé, and the chance to marvel at the working models of the Renaissance Man's cleverest inventions.

Bus: 3 hours. Free to sightsee at 4 p.m. Sleep in the Loire Valley.

Day 4: Loire Valley Châteaux

Your entire day is free for sightseeing in the Loire Valley — the land of a thousand châteaux. To help save you time and effort, our coach will make a morning run to the Château de Chenonceau (r) (arguably the greatest and hardest to reach château), returning to Amboise in the afternoon. Many more châteaux are a convenient train, bus, taxi, bike, or rental car drive away from Amboise. The choice is entirely yours. (And Amboise is so charming, you could also stay in town all day!) Your guidebook and your tour manager will help you sort through all the happy possibilities this day has to offer.

Bus (optional): 2 hours. Free to sightsee all day. Sleep in the Loire Valley.

Day 5: To Lyon on the Saône

Today we'll drive across the center of France to Lyon, in many ways the country's cultural capital. This is a city where restaurants outnumber cars, chefs are more famous than soccer players, and residents live by the saying, "How well you eat determines how well you live." We'll arrive and get settled in our hotel with plenty of time for you to find your new favorite eatery. (Note: To guarantee a table at any one of Lyon's highest-rated restaurants, make your reservation well in advance.) After dinner, once the sun has set, take in the view from the Bonaparte Bridge on the Saône. Lyon's riverfront walks and floodlit buildings make an evening stroll here an absolute must.

Bus: 5 hours. Free to sightsee at 6:30 p.m. Sleep in Lyon.

Day 6: All Day to Explore Lyon

Lyon is France's most historic and culturally important city after Paris. You'll experience two different-as-night-and-day cities: Vieux Lyon's old-world cobbled alleys, quaint shops, and pastel Renaissance mansions; and the Parisian-feeling shopping streets of the Presqu'île. Buy a 1-day Lyon City Card to get into all the city's museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Resistance and Deportation History Center. The pass also covers all public transportation, including the Fourvière Hill funiculars. Up on the hill you can tour the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fouvière, enjoy a panoramic city view, and visit the Roman Theaters and Gallo-Roman Museum.

No bus. Free to sightsee all day. Sleep in Lyon.

Day 7: To Idyllic Annecy

After breakfast this morning we'll drive straight to Annecy so you can spend all afternoon and evening enjoying this sophisticated, outdoor-oriented — and absolutely bike-crazy — lakeside town. There's something for everyone here: mountain views, romantic canals, a hilltop château, and the irresistible urge to swim in, paddle on, or bicycle around the translucent lake (with cafés well-spaced along the way). Idyllic Annecy may very well end up being your favorite city on the tour.

Bus: 2 hours. Free to sightsee at noon. Sleep in Annecy.

Day 8: Annecy and the French Alps

A thriving outdoor food market occupies much of Annecy's old town center until 12:30 p.m. today. With your market finds in hand, picnicking along the shores of the lake with the snow-dipped peaks in the distance is a wonderful way to spend your afternoon. But if getting up into the French Alps is your highest priority, our bus will take you to Chamonix and the base of snowy Mont Blanc this morning, returning to Annecy in time for dinner. In Chamonix, you can hike the mountain trails, take a cogwheel train to Montenvers and the Mer de Glace, or ride a cable car to the dizzying height of 12,600 feet atop the famous Aiguille du Midi (weather permitting).

Bus (optional): 3 hours. Free to sightsee all day. Sleep in Annecy.

Day 9: To the Pont du Gard and Avignon

This morning we'll make our way into Provence, with a long stop to savor one of Europe's most impressive Roman structures: the Pont du Gard. Set in a beautiful national park, this massive aqueduct spanning the Gardon River was constructed of locally quarried, golden limestone more than 2,000 years ago. The Pont and its setting have since become one of France's iconic sights. Spend time in the museum learning how and why the Pont was built. If the weather permits, take a swim or hike within the national park. Later this afternoon, we'll make our way to Avignon, the 14th-century home of the pope (or antipope, depending on where you stood).

Bus: 4 hours. Free to sightsee at 6 p.m. Sleep in or near Avignon.

Day 10: A Day in Avignon and Arles

Famous for its nursery rhyme, medieval bridge, and brooding Palace of the Popes, Avignon looks and feels like it's stepped out of a fairy tale. You'll have all day to explore this medieval-walled city, wandering through the palace, strolling along the pedestrian streets, and quietly humming "Sur le pont d'Avignon." A day-tripping alternative is to take a 20-minute train ride to the nearby city of Arles. Here you can walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, hang out at the lively Forum Square, and take in the impressive Roman Arena (still used for public events) and Ancient History Museum.

No bus. Free to sightsee all day. Sleep in or near Avignon.

Day 11: To the Riviera and Nice

This morning we'll make our way from Provence to the azure waters of the French Riviera, arriving in Nice by midday. You'll be set free to dive into your Riviera experience in Old Nice, exploring the lively Cours Saleya market square, getting lost in the maze of Italianate Old City lanes, then breaking out onto the spacious boulevards and shopping promenades of the city's newer side. Chagall and Matisse both called Nice home, and the museums bearing their names are must-see sights. A dip into the sea or a stroll along the palm-tree-lined Promenade des Anglais (with a gelato in hand) are great ways to cap the day.

Bus: 3 hours. Free to sightsee at 12:30 p.m. Sleep in Nice.

Day 12: Day-Tripping on the Riviera

There is no better way to end your French adventure than with a day-trip along the French Riviera. The only problem: there are so many dazzling destinations nearby! Cannes, Antibes, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Eze, and Monaco are all in easy reach by train or public bus. Will you stay in Nice? Or maybe go to Antibes for its Picasso museum? Or head east to Villefranche-sur-Mer for a hike around Cap Ferrat to visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild? Or travel up to Eze for spectacular views and a whiff of perfume? Or check out Monaco's yacht-filled harbor, historic casino, royal palace, and Oceanographic Museum? It's your final day in France, so get out and make it special.

No bus. Free to sightsee all day. Sleep in Nice.

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

It's a breeze to reach Nice's airports and train station by bus or taxi. Your tour manager can help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Au revoir et merci!

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Sightseeing notes

(r) = reserve a time before you leave the US
* = included in Rick's
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Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our My Way®: France in 13 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

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

Reviews

Täni

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided an overview of France through different regions; whetting the appetite to return and discover more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt, Chamonix and Mt. Blonc. The town is right out of a fairy tale and the French Alps are breathtaking."

Brian

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Some of our activities were limited by rain, which is not RSE's fault. We got to see nearly everything we had hoped for when planning the trip so it was a very good experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aguile du Midi at Chamonix."

Susan

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was on his “maiden” tour and did a fabulous job! All of the hotels were well situated and very nice with very nice breakfasts supplied. The chosen French cities were varied and interesting. The distance between them was tolerable. Although this was a My Way Tour, our guide, Richard, still arranged group gatherings for happy hours and a few meals. Before embarking on touring each city on our own, Richard took us on a short walk to point out highlights to see in relation to our hote

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My partner and I were able to see a few French Open Tennis matches which we arranged ahead of time. When at Chamonix, we took the amazing cable-car/gondola ride taking us more than 12,500 up witnessing the French Alps it its glory. We saw visitors of all kinds sporting downhill skis, rock/mountain climbing equipment, and various hiking gear."

Julie

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I very much enjoyed the tour. The pacing was right, our guide Richard and driver Mohamed were a dynamic duo. Saw some spectacular sights but got to do my own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont blanc and Chamonix."

Christopher

Tour: 05/28/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall very good. Great guide. One bad hotel.

Ty

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first travel tour of any kind and I thoroughly enjoyed the My Way tour in France. The pace was a little faster than our usual travels but the accommodations, the transportation, and particularly our guide were exactly what I would want.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tram ride and time spent in Chamonix and the French Alps"

Susan

Tour: 05/21/24

Wonderful tour to some new parts of France we haven't seen before. The My Way concept allowed us to tailor the tour to our interests. Gregoire is a personable and helpful tour guide, David an excellent bus driver, and the logistics of the trip went smoothly. Friendly tour mates as well. Thank you Rick and company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The daily morning chocolate croissant. Seriously, loved the beautiful day in Annecy and the medieval look of Amboise."

Erin

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an incredible tour that was the perfect blend of guided (info from the tour guide and transportation/hotels already set up) and self-paced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a picnic lunch under Roman ruins that were thousands of years old!"

Chris

Tour: 05/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way tours are always a great experience. Our guide, Gregoire, was very helpful with helping us to understand French culture and ways to communicate better when we were on tour in France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite “wow” moment was e-biking around Lake Annecy and hiking up to the Grotto de Notre Dame in Duingt that overlooks Lake Annecy."

Paula

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful My Way Tour. Our group was amazing and got along so well. We were independent travelers who enjoyed each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we say, there were so many. For me, as my husband and I followed our "list"....we often met fellow tour members enjoying the same places. It was nice to "run into" our new friends and share many WOW moments. My personal favorites was getting to explore the Roman Remains in Lyon. To walk around, in those ancient footsteps, to be so close to these special places....and to know they are still used frequently made me happy. We have explored Rome but Lyon made me happy."

Michaelyn

Tour: 05/07/24

It was our first "My Way" tour and we really enjoyed it. Doing what we wanted when we wanted worked for us. The itinerary allowed us to see very different regions of the country. Our guide, Bill, went out of his way to help us have a great experience. The hotels were good with one exception. The other tour members were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pont du Gard was a definite "wow". Following the van Gogh trail in Arles was a wonderful experience and I loved walking around the old sections of Lyon, Annecy and Nice. We had been to Paris before, but Sainte Chapelle, walking down the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel tower twinkling at night do not get old."

Jeanette

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th Rick Steves Tour but our first "My Way" tour. We were very happy with our destinations and especially our Tour Manager Bill Higgs. He went above and beyond every step of the way to ensure we were taken care of throughout our entire tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "wow" moments but I have to say that seeing the chateau of Chenonceau was just a real treat. It was so beautiful and it became a real "pinch me" moment while we were there!"

John

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves My Way tour of France was exactly what we wanted. My Way provides the transportation and accommodations, but allowed us to pick and choose the places that we wanted to visit. The hotels were comfortable and clean. The breakfasts were pretty good. The scope of the tour was a great way to see the country and its varied climates. The coach was comfortable and clean, the tour coordinator was affable and well versed in the culture and the country. Awesome experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As a retired history teacher, it was a 13+day geek fest. You can’t do everything, so you have to make choices that are interesting to you. We took a bike tour of Paris called “Nooks and Crannies” so that was a great way to start our stay in Paris. The places My Way takes you are super interesting. Everyday had highlights, but the Paul Bocuse Le Halles was an amazing experience. It’s a must see place. Every meal embodied the French idea of enjoying life. We didn’t have a bad meal the whole trip. "

Matthew

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RSE Tour but first 'My Way' variety - providing a perfect blend of Efficiency in transportation and lodging, with Flexibility to hand select any given day's itinerary to suit our own pace, schedule and interests. We had a great group of travel partners, made even better by the outstanding services provided by Bill and David, our tour manager and driver, respectively.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but taking Augille du Midi out of Chamonix to 12,600-ft took our breath away (literally and figuratively). Simply stunning to look over at Mont-Blanc and the surrounding peaks, especially in mid-May when the previous night's snowfall adds its texture to the scenery. "

Steven

Tour: 05/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary! We enjoyed all of the places we went, and the hotels were very well located and well-staffed. It was our first My Way tour and we found that our tour manager, Bill, was accessible and attentive to everyone's needs. He took very good care of us as did David, our coach driver. We got to know and enjoy time with many of our fellow tour members, something I was not sure would happen due to not having dinners and other activities together as with a traditional tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Loire Valley, especially the trip to Chenonceau. Market day in Annecy was fantastic and fun. Dining at the top of our hotel in Nice looking out over the beautiful city and the Mediterranean. Wandering the tangled alleys of Vieux Nice and stumbling upon an Italian restaurant that served their own house made pasta. "

Kris

Tour: 04/25/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. Both guides did a great job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was the Pont du Gard. It was an amazing site."

Laura

Tour: 04/25/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had such a wonderful time overall. You can't control the weather, which put a few kinks in our plans. The tour guides were very involved in finding good experiences for us to consider, given the rainy and cold weather. Our fellow tour members were all open to the options and there were "no grumps". The guides were excellent in making everyone feel involved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmm. I loved the Clos Luce house for Leonardo DaVinci. It was possibly my favorite of the whole trip. I had looked forward to hiking in Chamonix, but the rain and mud cancelled that. "

Rick

Tour: 04/25/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour experience was very good-only the weather didn’t cooperate for us. Also, we ran into a few situations where holidays prevented some sites such as the French Resistance museum. Otherwise I’d rate the tour outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The AI exhibit at Notre Dame cathedral was awesome in its reality. I was also impressed with the silk-makers who took about an hour out of their workday to explain their methods and show their hundreds years old molds for printing designs."

Michael

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip exceeded my expectations. Going on the "My Way" tour fit our personalities and it also gave us options to go with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louvre is a must see for sure. That being said, renting e-bikes and riding around Lake D'Annecy was a special moment for us."

Robert F

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gregorie & Julie were fantastic Tour Guides! Each destination was a memorable experience and would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aiguille du MIDI in Chamonix"

Karen

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour it was better than I anticipated it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can’t think of one particular wow moment. There were many"

Kristy

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized, great guides, amazing locations. Other tour members were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed renting bikes and riding around Annecy Lake. "

Charlotte

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very pleasant and helpful guide in Gregoire. The accommodations were well located, close to transportation and activities. Overall, even though cut short by covid, our third My Way was quite nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Chateau at Chenonceaux was definitely worth the trip, as was the Notre Dame in Lyon."

Terri

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Experience was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondola in Chamonix to the top of Mont Blanc, the French Alps!!!!!!"

Susan

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time in France and had almost perfect weather for the visit. Luis was an excellent tour manager, a very nice person and an excellent resource when we needed some trip advice or guidance. Herve was an excellent driver and it's always amazing to see the tight spots a bus driver in Europe has to navigate. The itinerary is of excellent design with stops at Chambord and Pont du Gard and the bus made available for trips to Chenonceau and Chamonix.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Wow moment was the gondola trip up to the Aiguille du Midi. Our excellent weather afforded us clear views of Mont Blanc, all the surrounding areas and Chamonix below. It was amusing to see a bride and groom having wedding photos taken in full regalia. We also really enjoyed our stops going up and down at Plan Aiguille du Midi to watch the parasailers ready themselves to jump off the mountain."

Kenneth

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour manager and comfortable hotels. The itinerary was excellent and this tour made it easy to visit a wide range of France destinations. The bus was comfortable but it would have been nicer if there group was less than 28.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The optional day trip to Chamonix was terrific. The weather was perfect with not a cloud in the sky and great temperatures. We had a fabulous day taking the gondola to Aiguille du Midi and then the cog train to Mer de Glacé. There was plenty of time to walk through the town and enjoy the cafes."

Yue-Jing

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way France more than lived up to my expectations. There were so many amazing sights and experiences that made the trip unforgetable. Luis, our tour leader, was accessible with much valued advices and guidance and provided helpful orientation walks when we got to each destination. The group members were easy going and fun to travel with. The overall experience made this tour unforgetable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Annecy and Chamonix were my favorites from this amazing experience. I enjoyed the view of the lake and the Alps in the background while paddleboating in the picturesque Annecy. As for Chamonix, what more can you ask when you're standing at 12K+ feet looking across the glacier and down at the town of Chamonix; the sights left one breathless, figuratively and literally :) "

Joellen

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paula

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. I really like the "My Way" concept.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day trip to Chamonix and taking the gondolas up to view Mont Blanc."

Marlene

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the itinerary and hotel locations. Our guide was available for any guidance if needed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I took a day train ride in Nice to the mountain villages."

Susan

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Of the 6 hotels we stayed in we found 3 to be very disappointing - gloomy, poorly furnished, and in not so great locations. Only one hotel had any character. They were not to the standard of hotels on our 3 previous RS tours. We saw many fascinating places and enjoyed the freedom to choose our own agenda to a point, but this is still a bus tour so not totally “My Way.” We felt some of the bus stops were too long - we did not feel we needed to spend 3 hours at Chambord or Pont du Gard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the morning at Château de Chenonceaux! What a beautiful place! The Château itself is gorgeous and decorated throughout with beautiful flower arrangements from the gardens. My only criticism would be that 2.5 hours was not long enough to see everything. I missed the maze and the working gardens due to time constraints."

Wendy

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour gave us the opportunity to see many different places in France. The itinerary was well organized while at the same time enabling us to choose how to spend our time in the various locations. Axel was a great tour manager who offered good suggestions and was patient in answering questions. This was our first My Way tour; we liked the flexibility it offered. On other RS tours our time was well organized and we learned a lot from the guides. Both types of tours are very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day in Chamonix was unforgettable with beautiful scenery and an opportunity to hike while enjoying spectacular views."

Deborah

Tour: 08/29/23

We were very happy with our "MyWay" Tour in France. My husband & I usually travel on our own, and we found this Tour erased all of the stress of making transportation & accommodations arrangements.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "Wow" moments - Seeing Chateau de Chambord, wandering through Old (medieval period) City centers, Pont de Gard, and Annecy were just some of the amazing sites were saw. "

John

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized with great tour leader (Axel) and excellent choices for lodging and locations to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in various small towns and walking around their neighborhoods, wide-eyed and taking in the variety of cafes, shops and people. I thoroughly enjoyed these experiences at least as much as the “Big Show” sights in the larger cities."

Mary

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing locations and hotels with the flexibility to explore on your own or with fellow travelers…

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Night time motorcycle side car ride in Paris Montmartre and Eiffel Tower areas while Blue Moon also lit up the night sky"

Ellen

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful tour experience. France My Way was the perfect balance for us; having the security of being with others, yet able to sightsee on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the experiences I had in Annecy. It was my favorite city outside of Paris. Great choice to have this city on the tour."

Lisa

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great hotels, great guide, amazing tour, fun group of travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"12,000 Ft above Chaminx"

Freda

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went smoothly and made the most of our time in France. It was great to have all the logistics taken care of by the tour company, guide and driver. The itinerary was perfect, each stop different and delightful. Every hotel was well situated and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day in the Alps was the single best highlight of many great experiences. We had a beautiful day riding the gondolas up Aiguille du Midi with a clear view of Mont Blanc."

Stephen

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sheri

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our first My Way tour! We've done one guided RS tour and we much prefer the My Way experience. It was the perfect balance of lots of free time to explore on our own with the benefit of someone else handling the travel logistics. We can hardly wait to sign up for My Way Spain. PLEASE consider adding more My Way options.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose one! Paris was phenomenal but our favorite memories were made in beautiful Annecy. Our amazing tour guide (Bill Higgs) surprised us by making a dinner reservation for my birthday celebration. The best meal of our trip, in the most beautiful setting. "

Chloe

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Vikram

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience with a great group and an outstanding tour guide. The freedom of a My Way tour in which we are properly hand held allowed us to explore and learn at our own pace, as we maximized the experience. Our tour guide was very helpful and always available to provide his experience in sound advice. The itinerary was brilliant as in a matter of two weeks we experienced France in a way that would have been difficult if we tried on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The historical sites such as Pont Du Gard, or the Gardens at the Palace of Versaille gave a lifetime of memories. The opportunity to roam in a quaint town like Arle as well as meet new people. The French food was brilliant and the wines were astounding!"

Kandyce

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bill is an Excellent guide, always available for questions and suggestion when we needed him. He has so much energy and love for what he does that it is infectious. Everyone on the tour felt part of a big family but free to follow our own "way". The group got along so well as evidenced by the numerous planned and impromptu happy hours. New friends were made and as a result future visits planned. We were a 3 generation group of 3 and our accomodations were always thoughtful and appropriate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evening Vintage Citroen ride around Paris. Hour ride turned into 90 mins with a fun driver who took us at our word that we wanted to drive around the Arc de Triumph like "crazy Parisians". Also loved the"Secret Food Tour" in Montmartre. Truly insider view of food and shopping. The stop at the Aqueduct was also a wonderful surprise. And although not a "wow" moment our "last supper" arranged by Bill and attended by everyone on tour was wonderful."

Joseph

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We love the My Way aspect of the tour. The ease and convenience of the arranged travel and accommodations together with our choice of activities,dining experiences and leisure make the My Way tours perfect for us. Combine that with a terrific tour guide who gets the My Way theme and it is a perfect vacation. Great group of travelers sharing ideas and experiences while on the trip made My Way France an unforgettable and memorable vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many it’s hard to choose one but since this is a My Way tour we’ll choose several(yeah, My Way). The excitement and awe of seeing the Eiffel Tower from so many different angles and in different lighting, the fabulous Chateau Chenonceau, Lyon lit up at night, Mount Blanc(need I say more), doing nothing in Annecy and loving it and wow the French Riviera. Wow is the word for France. "

Ingrid

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time doing a Rick Steve's tour and I loved it! The My Way tour was perfect for taking care of travel logistics and giving everyone the ability to make the experiences of their trip exactly what they were hoping for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose just one and maybe I'd summarize by saying the scenery. So beautiful. If I had to pick my favorite scenic moment, it would be seeing Mont Blanc."

Cynthia

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our experience with the group. Our tour guide Bill was excellent. Best we’ve ever had. The one hotel without the air conditioner was a stinker and would never recommend your group return, especially since the owner was dishonest in his excuses. All the other hotels were great, especially Nice

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the lake in Annecy for the first time. That was a beautiful town. "

Paul

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip"

Julie

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our second "My Way" tour after taking "Spain My Way" in 2022. We enjoyed the various stops of the tour; Paris, Loire Valley, Provence and Cote d'Azur. Our tour manager Bill Higgs was outstanding! Bill was extremely accessible, answering questions during our tour bus journey's, offering "get to know" walking tours for each destination, organizing two cocktail parties and end of tour diner. The one negative were the accommodations. Very poor air conditioning, making sleep difficult.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Avignon, we enjoyed dinner at a local restaurant where a three-piece jazz trio played for a solid 3 hours. The restaurant was away from the "tourist row" so we loved what felt like an authentic French meal."

Toni

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable. RS guide Bill a very nice person, informative, available.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Orsay museum"

Judith

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable trip. Our guide, Bill, was very helpful in providing suggestions, directions and a quick introduction to each location. He was very concerned that each of us was getting what we wanted from the trip. Our hotels were very nice and our coach driver was great. The only problem was that the air conditioning in our Avignon hotel was not working. The series of destinations and time in each was good. Avignon and Lyon were new destinations for me. I love the guide book walking tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thoroughly enjoyed Avignon. The creative use of technology for the tour of the Papal Palace was an unexpected bonus. "

Darlene

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip was extremely well planned out and our guide Bill was fantastic. ,he gave us a small walking tour of each place we went to which was very very helpful.

Julie

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded our expectations! We loved France and felt like we had a fantastic cultural experience! We are still on a "high!" Our guide Gregoire was fantastic, helpful, fun, engaged with the group. We were able to be on our own when we wanted to but also enjoyed the optional group activities that were offered. The locations/stops were well chosen and attention to detail was appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss up -- sitting on a piazza in Eze, on a beautiful sunny day, enjoying a beverage, overlooking the azure blue Mediterranean was an amazing moment. Also looking out over the French Alps at what felt like the top of the world above Chamonix was beyond incredible! "

Charles

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to France and it could not have been better. The romance of Paris is still alive. The sidewalk cafes and people watching were wonderful. The boat ride down the Seine was outstanding. While we decided to skip the museums on this trip we did learn of the "secret" entrances to avoid the lines the next time. The guide led bicycle trip around the city was so beneficial that I'd do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the top of Mt. Blanc!!!!"

Frankie

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved having the lodging and transportation planned for us so that we could focus on sightseeing. It is a good mix of autonomy and group. We loved having the security and community of the group. We enjoyed the itinerary. It was a good variety of topography and history, taking us from big cities to small towns, from museums to magnificent scenery. Gregroire was helpful and friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix and Mont Blanc. We also loved Nice. "

Kathleen

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amboise seeing Leonardo da Vinci's home and garden. All of Rick Steve's restaurant suggestions were all fabulous. Fourviere Hill view in Lyon. Boat trip around Lake Annecy with wine at Le Cottage. The aqueduct picnic and singing REO. Gregoire was an absolute delight and handled all the details and made it so easy for all of us. Trip to Village of Eze. Enjoyed the pool and rooftop bar at Hotel Aston in Nice..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dana and I agree our "wow" moment was the view at the restaurant at Chateau Chevre dOR overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Plus having so many laughs and special moments with our fellow "My Way" travelers."

Elaine

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every city and town we visited!. Great group of people and great tour guide in Gregoire! Gregoire planned optional activities that enabled us to build a fine community of travelers. (Champagne gathering, picnic at the Pont du Gard, last night dinner, get to know you Happy Hour). He was helpful, fun, caring, and shared lots of information. Hotels were 5 star locations. Would stay in any of them again (even if air conditioners didn't work). Good breakfasts too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many...but Mont Blanc, a definite wow! Incredible scenery and still able to breathe at 12,600 feet! But also loved the bike rides in Paris and Annecy and sitting at cafes in small towns, like Amboise."

Jim

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gregoire was a wonderful tour guide—friendly, helpful, & calm. And our group got along well together. There was a good mix of group activities and time spent as a couple. The itinerary was diverse and interesting. And the hotel rooms and breakfasts were great, for the most part. Rick's guidebook suggested great activities and restaurants. We had excellent weather—except for a little rain. And we spent a reasonable amount of time on the bus. Also, the tour length of 13 days was just right for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A moment at the end remembering trip highlights: drinking coffee at Les Deux Magot in Paris, visiting the Leonardo da Vinci house in Amboise, seeing Lyon lit up at night, chatting with the friendly Lyon couple who showed us around town, biking along Lake Annecy, savoring views of the French Alps at 12,605 feet, retracing van Gogh's steps in charming Arles, enjoying a gourmet meal at La Fourchette in Avignon, and traveling along the gorgeous French Riviera coast from Nice to Monaco & back again."

Jennifer

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't think it could have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each and every accommodation gave us easy walking access to many wonderful venues and sights."

Jane

Tour: 05/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour flowed without a hitch. Great communication from tour leaders, bus travel and hotels were top notch. Fellow travelers were very pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I fell in love with Annecy. "

Mary

Tour: 05/09/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Joseph

Tour: 05/09/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

There was a lack of continuity between your managers Bill and Margaret. The 2 interns/trainees Axel and Luis did and outstanding job of picking up the slack in the tour managers absence. Having taken a guided tour just prior to our My Way tour left us with higher expectations than this offered by the my way tour managers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was going Tomas’s at Notre Dame in Lyon. "

Chris

Tour: 05/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the variety of experiences on the tour - cities, chateaux, Roman ruins, the Alps, the Riviera and the food from the different regions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lyon- not only was it a lovely city, but the food scene was excellent. Especially enjoyed the Quenelles de Brochet which is a typical dish of Lyonnaise cuisine."

Janet

Tour: 05/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the places we visited and the sights we saw. I'm used to the retired lifestyle so didn't like the early departure times and two-night stays; i.e., Rick Steves tours are probably not for me, though it took taking one to determine that for sure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Aiguilles from Chamonix"

Marian

Tour: 04/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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Favorite "WOW" moment

"The French Alps!"

Barbara

Tour: 04/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first My Way tour so I didn't know what to expect, but the same care and camaraderie that's a hallmark of RS tours was definitely present. The guides and our fellow travelers enhanced the experience tremendously.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be the day trip to Chamonix. Actually being up in the Alps, feet in the snow, having hot chocolate outside at a table with ice on the edge, was a thrill I'll never forget. Then walking on the Promenade des Anglais on the Riviera a few days later made it even more special. "

Ellen

Tour: 04/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and my first solo trip. It was amazing. The group was friendly and fun. There was one other solo traveler and we had lots of fun meals and experiences together. Steve Smith was an excellent guide, giving us tips of places to go and different places to eat. I loved being able to decide what I wanted to do but having the transportation and hotels taken care of. I will definitely do another Way My Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This My Way France was my first Rick Steves tour and my first solo trip. I've had good food on my other trips but the French food was amazing. WOW! The wine, cheese, bread, fish, dessert all were outstanding. I was not expecting to love it all. The best meal was in Lyon having salade lyonnaise, quenelles de brochet, chocolate moose and red wine. Yum. Sharing the experience with me were 3 new friends from the tour. Great food, great atmosphere and great company. WOW "

Gary

Tour: 04/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, the venues were wonderful and the hotels were clean, and close enough to areas of interest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Annecy and Chamonix and going to the top of Mont Blanc."

Kim

Tour: 04/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our RS My Way France tour was everything we imagined it to be and so much more. It was a great overview of both city and small-town French living, history, and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were daily "wow" moments from the tour, but our time spent in Annecy was sublime. "

Daniel

Tour: 04/25/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This My Way tour of France was a good opportunity to not worry about transportation and hotels. The bus was very comfortable and the amount of driving time was reasonable. I didn't feel as if I spent all of my time on the bus! The operation of the tour was excellent. Information shared by the tour Director was very informative and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The driver took us to an overlook of Avignon and the Rhone river as we approached town. Wow! What a view of the impressive Papal Palace and Pont de Avignon."

Carol

Tour: 04/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first My Way tour and it exceeded our expectations. Not only did we get transportation and lodging, but the guides were proactive to provide the most up to date information about the locations and activities. They even had the bus stop a several places that were on the way to our next destination. Our group was friendly and most importantly, always on time. We were especially lucky to have the GOAT, Steve Smith as our primary guide along with Bill and Margaret.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tiny villages, large cities, chateaus, the French Alps, glaciers, Michelin star restaurants, bouchons, brasseries, farmers markets, wine, cheese, the Mediterranean sea - this tour has something for everyone and since it's all your choice, you decide what works for you. My moments were the unexpected - viewing the french alps from the bus, walking down the cobblestone streets in Annecy, the glacier decline at Montenvers, a praluline brioche in Lyon, fields of yellow rapeseed, who can decide?"

Gregory

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being my first Rick Steve’s tour I had few expectations. In the two weeks I was in France I saw more than I every could have on my own. The tour guide was great. The bus transportation between cities was great. The information provided to understand each of the locations and the history behind it was very good as well. I liked the “My Way” aspect of the tour where I could spend time alone with my wife discovering this country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say discovering the deep (Roman era) history of France and seeing the remnants of Roman influence was very fascinating. The city of Anice was our favorite as it was one of the smaller cities with some of the most beautiful views."

Michael

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamomile- Mount-Blanc"

Susan

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was as expected with a nice group of people, interesting sites, but unfortunately it felt like too much bus riding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group leader, William helped arrange a driver to take.. 6 of us to Gorge de fier (I might not be spelling it correctly, it was near Annesy.) It was really a beautiful place. "

John

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the trip. Guide was great. Would go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing pont de guard. "

Nancy

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The My Way France tour was even better than we expected. We didn't know what to expect as this was our first tour ever, and having all of the logistics of moving from place to place and hotels sorted for us made the experience even more enjoyable than hoped for!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Point du Gard was amazing! The museum there was outstanding. That stop was worthy of another hour at least for us (admittedly we are engineers;-))"

Jon

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

William was a gem. Knowledgeable on virtually any subject related to France. The cities with larger student populations made for difficult dining at times (Lyon, Avignon). The My Way format is great and probably the only way we will travel going forward.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch at the Montagne de Blatiere cafe halfway up the Chamonix gondola lift was amazing. Beautiful weather, great food, hang gliders taking off every 10 minutes from a slightly higher elevation than us, and no crowds or noise. Magnifique!"

Mary

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way France was a truly magical experience! We learned so much about French culture, history, architecture, cuisine and people. We did not have to worry about transportation, hotels or planning the itinerary, as it was all done for us. Our tour guide, William, was outstanding in every way possible!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"AIGUILLE DU MIDI on top of Mount Blanc in Chamonix, France"

Donald

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The experience was very good. William was a terrific guide as well as informative, helpful and friendly. Each city had there pluses and minuses. The bus was exceptional, always clean and comfortable. Never too cold or hot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Annecy France. I had high expectations about Annency and my expectations were exceeded. I could move here. "

Amy

Tour: 10/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was an amazing whirlwind. I felt like we had a good taste of many unique cities and old towns in France and down the Loire Valley. We had a great group of seasoned mellow travelers and a very chill guide. I was a little surprised that most of the stops were pretty large cities -expecting more of a French wine country feel at a couple stops but the old towns were wonderful. I found it a great balance of tour support & My Way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Annecy was my all time favorite place. The "wow" moment for me was there on the lake with the mountains as the backdrop. I also loved walking old Annecy along the canals and visiting the market. I wish we had two days in Annecy so we didn't have to choose between the day trip to Chamonix or staying in town, because by that time we needed a rest/laundry day in town but would have gone up the second day if there was one. I loved old parts of the cities we visited, especially Lyon and Nice. "

Robert

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I thought it would be, a great deal more than I thought it could be, and enlightened me in ways I didn’t expect. Brilliant. Old warnings about Americans in Paris, waiters in Bistros, communication issues, etc., turned out to just that, old. The people we met everywhere were energetic and friendly and enhanced our daily experiences in ways that took us by surprise. Overall, the tour was just great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I imagine there will be a lot more comments that say the same thing as I’m going to say, but walking into our first hotel in Paris for the 5 o’clock meeting and seeing Steve Smith as our tour leader was indeed my Wow moment! France with Steve is like boxing with Ali or tennis with Federer. He’s a delight to be with, a philosophy to consider and a force for bringing France to life, all 2000+ years or so. It was a tour surprise I’ll never forget. "

James

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceed our expectations. Staring in Paris and ending in Nice was brilliant. The small towns in the middle were a nice way to "slow down" and learn more about the areas history. Although we chose to stay in Annecy when the tour bus went to Chamonix, I think that the entire group would have benefited by staying in Annecy that day. This squeezed 2 amazing locations into only 2 days. Especially since the my way Alpine tour stays in Chamonix.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the orientation in Paris and seeing that Steve Smith was our tour director! But we realize that this was not the norm. The view of Lake Annecy from Talloire did it for me. This followed the day that we rode around the Lake on bikes. We followed up with a return trip by bus on a rainy day. We ducked into a great French Cafe while it was rainy and then treated ourselves to another breathtaking view of the lake as the clouds parted."

Anne

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much variety in under two weeks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swimming in the Mediterranean."

Michael

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Easy trip. Great itinerary. Steve Smith went over and above for a MyWay (but he admitted to being rusty). I thought the MyWay was wonderful as my wife is celiac and eating is not always easy for her. We do better eating from the markets and groceries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Quite a few. Loved Annency, a complete surprise. Side trip to Arles was a must for us -- the moment I saw the Coliseum there was a complete wow as I did not expect that at all. Roman ruins in Lyon as well; we are both Rome fans. Pont du Gard was wow even when you expected it from a hundred pictures in your lifetime. Chenonceau definitely wow."

Jon

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very good tour, with the French Alps and Chennoncau being the highlights. But my trip enjoyment was somewhat attenuated by the ongoing COVID crisis and this being the first trip my wife and I have taken in 3 years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having just arrived at Montenvers and the Mer de Glace glacier, the clouds parted to reveal a stunning view of the French Alps. The Alps will always be one of my favorite sights on any European trip."

Marcy

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a wonderful trip that went to fascinating places. Our guide Steve was helpful, fun & knowledgable. I was glad to see that all the hotels we stayed at had air conditioning (unlike on previous RS tours). Unfortunately, it was off at one hotel which made the room quite uncomfortable, but at least you’re considering the age & comfort of your customers. The one downside was the pall of covid hanging over us. Since some of our tour members got sick, I kept wondering if & when it would hit me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Avignon. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around this medieval walled city."

Beth

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The perfect way to experience France for the first time. Love the "My Way" concept and everything it offers from planning to experiencing a wide range of things from Paris to Nice.

Bonnie

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was excellant. A good tour manager.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chateau Chenonceau, their gardens and the "out buildings""

Richard

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never previously been to Europe, everything was new and exciting. We loved the way our tour was organized. The hard parts (logistics) were taken care of, and we were able to experience the wonders at our own pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola up the slope of Mt. Blanc (Chamonix) was breathtaking! It was to experience the alps from that height, even though our photos will never adequately capture the splendor."

Ann

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better late than never, this was my first trip to Europe. Having studied French in school, I'd always wanted to go to France first. I was not disappointed. The country was beautiful beyond my imagination. The tour was really great. I loved having a "family" of travelers and knowing I had transportation to each place and a nice hotel room waiting for me. The breakfasts were really good. I loved every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the WOW moment for me was seeing the Pont du Gard aqueduct. The photos and videos do not really prepare you for the impact of this 2000-year old amazing structure and feeling connected to the Romans who built and used it. The park itself with the river and trails was a great experience. Even the 1100 year old olive tree was amazing to witness."

Keith

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having lived in Germany for almost 2 years, and taken 3 previous trips to Europe, the My Way tour was perfect. Having the hotel reservations taken care of along with the transportation, we felt totally comfortable exploring each city on our own. We are already thinking about our next My Way tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up to the Aiguille du Midi was a breathtaking experience, especially walking out onto the glass room at 12,600 ft! We were so thankful for a beautiful day. Being able to see the Matterhorn in Switzerland and the Italian Alps was amazing. "

Barbara

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My granddaughter and I loved the tour. We saw a lot of beautiful parts of France, museums, historic places, and ate enough wonderful French food to add five pounds to my returning weight!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was especially intrigued with Avignon because of it's wall and the wonderful old city inside."

Laura

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Way France was a wonderful way to see the highlights of France. Colleen Murphy who came on as our replacement Tour Director at the last minute did an excellent job and was very helpful. She went out of her way to keep us informed and always had time for questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "wow" moments on this trip. My husband and I enjoyed the flexibility of setting up our own schedule at each destination. This allowed us to rent bikes and bike around Lake Annecy, eat at a Michelin restaurant in Amboise, and wander through Old Lyon. Although it was optional, having the bus take us to Chateau de Chenonceau to tour the castle and beautiful gardens was wonderful and very worthwhile."

Joanne

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My way to work gave me the opportunity to set my own pace. Overall accommodations were good and well appointed. The Paris hotel was not as central to my interest as I might have otherwise chosen. Hotel amenities air conditioning Wi-Fi all seem to accommodate well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Paris is simply a WOW. I was also wowed by Chamonix and the mountains as well as the French Riviera. I could not stop looking at the beautiful blue water."

Annette

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

as I had not been on an organized tour before...I loved the independence but with guidance if needed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Annecy plus Chaminox"

Colum

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great way to visit a lot of different places in a beautiful country. It has the camaraderie of like-minded travellers but the freedom to choose what you want to do at each location. The tour was well-organized and the hotels were centrally located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The idyllic town of Annecy with its beautiful lake, surrounding mountains and people taking in the scenery by bike and on foot on a perfect sunny day."

Sharon

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the freedom of this tour. I enjoyed that I had a free hand in creating my own itinerary. The danger in this is, you have to READ your tour book(s)! If you read the Rick Steve's tour books, all questions will be answered. I enjoyed the different foods and diverse wines of this tour, that I had the freedom to choose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was the replacement tour guide, Colleen M! We got notice our guide had changed. I was a little skeptical of this late change. Colleen came in and handled the business!! "

Allison

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed exploring different regions of France, which is beautiful. I liked the time in Paris, but much preferred the smaller towns like Amboise, Annecy, and Avignon. I would have rather spent more days in those towns rather than visiting six places, with perhaps three nights in fewer towns versus two nights in more places. This was my second RS tour and second My Way tour. I much preferred the My Way Alps tour because it was focused on hiking and less guided/group oriented.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved hiking in the Alps in Chamonix! My husband and I did hike #2 which had a beautiful view of Mont Blanc. We enjoyed figuring out how to take the bus to the lift and getting picnic supplies in the nearby town."

Donna

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved the cities we toured and our tour guide, Colleen Murphy was the best! I feel we absorbed France in a way we would never have been able to do on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nice and The French Riviera was an absolute surprise in terms of the loveliness of the scenery. However, Arles was certainly another high point! Manifique!!!"

Stephanie

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exactly what I had hoped for and then some!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many to single one out. Maybe the overall opulence of Versailles? Or a simple picnic in the garden of the Pope’s Palace in Avignon with the delicious food we purchased at Les Halles?"

Patricia

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way Tour was perfect for us as I like to research events/attractions early before travel that appeals to our travel taste. Daniela, our guide and Justin, our driver were the best to keep us informed and safe. The destination locations we traveled were wonderfully different and held my interest and excitement. I couldn’t have been more pleased and plan to post my preplanning research method as well as the Rick Steves tour plan on social media so that others can see travel as a doable joy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing that I would miss the comradeship of the new friends we so deeply bonded with on the Tour."

Debra

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the experience was very good. This was our first time doing a 'My Way' tour. I think I like doing the 'traditional' tours better, but this My Way tour provided us with a good opportunity to see a lot of different cities in France. Sometime it was a little hard to figure out where to eat. I know Rick Steves tour guides gives a lot of recommendations, but researching those restaurants and locating them takes effort. I liked having the tour guide as a resource. She was very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from Chamonix. The weather was beautiful, the skies were clear, and the views were breathtaking. "

Brian

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time on a my way tour--we liked the independence of being able to choose what to visit, where to eat, and finding our way around. Our tour guide Daniela Wedel was very friendly and extremely helpful and provided us with very useful information for each place that we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"definitely Chamonix and the Alps in that area; just wish we could have spent more time there in the mountains and would have liked to stay in Chamonix so that we could do hiking, and take other gondolas to other peaks."

Clint

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed getting to know the tour buddies on our bus. The destinations picked for our My Way Tour were exciting and different and interesting. The guide, Daniela did an exceptional job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a socca and a cold rose' in a tiny socca stand in a back street in the old part of Nice. The owner/cook was delightful and the other patrons were so gentle and kind. "

Heather

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Daniella our guide was excellent—very friendly and accessible. She took as much time as anyone needed to get headed in the right direction. She was incredibly knowledgeable and researched anything she wasn’t sure about (especially with changes due to COVID). We loved our tour route and the amount of time at each spot. I agree that your style of travel attracts a certain people with an ‘openness to discover’ mindset. I appreciated that our group fit this description—great folks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had read about seeing the night lights of Lyon AND YET was still ’WOWED’. I love looking back at those pictures especially. "

Kenneth

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved not driving or figuring out where to stay. It’s exhausting walking everywhere but I wouldnt take back a single step. We loved the French culture, including the wine and cheese. I think my favorite experience was having dinner in Avignon at Le Bercail. Beautiful sunset. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a wow moment in Nice when we ran into a wedding. Had an awesome crepe in Nice, too. "

Claude

Tour: 08/30/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a fun tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding used favorite French books from booksellers on the river banks in Lyon."

Dan

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really everything we had hoped for … very well organized, wonderful destinations, fun travel companions, and an awesome tour coordinator! Veronique was outstanding! Even the weather was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Aiguille du Midi and Panoramic Mt. Blanc lift rides! Awesome scenery on a gorgeous day!"

Kathy

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour ! Veronique was our fantastic tour guide on our “my way” tour! Our bus driver Luc also was great! We loved the bus tour to the Loire valley castles, the picnic under the Pont du Gard , and especially the trip to Chamonix and the Alps! Veronique did a great job of keeping us together and safe in spite of Covid.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be the trip to Chamonix and the lift through the Alps all the way to Italy! There were so many other great moments too."

Roy

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was very well organized and planned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely seeing the Italian Alps!!"

Wendell

Tour: 06/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good except for the dark "Covid cloud" that hung over the tour for the duration. Not a comfortable feeling knowing you could test positive and be kicked off the tour. This happened to a number of our co-travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to take the tram to the Aguille de Midi above Chamonix"

Beverly

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is our second RS My Way tour and it's hard not to compare this tour with our 5-star Italy experience. We understand the limitations of a tour guide's responsibilities, but she often made unrealistic assumptions about our orienteering skills. Thankfully, our group bonded quickly and the hive-mind overcame most obstacles. We enjoyed the balance of bustling cities and quieter small towns, exploring French culture and history for the first time. Our extensive homework helped but is never enough

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In a word, Annecy, as far as places on the map. But the people were the real WOW, from our extremely convivial tour group to strangers on the street. One couple tried giving us directions outside the Chagall Museum to our next stop, Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas. We trudged downhill--tired, hot, and confused--when, within minutes, a car came whirling around the corner. Out popped the couple who insisted on chauffeuring us to our destination--the best kind of kidnappers! Good Samaritans live in France"

Carol

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, our My Way tour did not disappoint! I do so love the camaraderie of other independently-minded travelers plus the support of a professional and very knowledgeable guide. In a way, the added stress of dealing with the realities of a world still impacted by Covid caused our group bond quickly. The areas we traveled to were well-selected and, even though we had visited some of the regions on previous trips, I felt we were able to experience them more fully on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that having the time to just "wander around" the beautiful cities and sites we visited was my favorite "wow" moment of this trip. As with our previous My Way tours, so many of my happiest memories are experiences we shared with other members of our tour group. Having been to (and loved!) Annecy before, I was worried I would be disappointed upon return, but it was better than I remembered! Nice was a pleasant surprise, with Villefranche-sur-Mer and Monaco so easily accessible."

Drew

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Since we arrived in Paris 4 days prior to our tour & planned to continue to tour other locations in France for 18 days after the tour, we were very prepared for our tour. City walks were helpful but could be difficult due to expected large summer crowds. Transportation was extremely comfortable & timely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A cumulative 'wow' for the neighborhood of Montparnasse. We stayed at Hotel Lenox in Montparnasse 4 days prior. With 2 metro lines at each end of the block & convenient shops & restaurants just a few steps away; touring, eating & sleeping couldn't have been easier. Another cautionary 'wow' was experienced at the beautiful Mer de Glace in Chamonix & noting the receding of the glacier over time, witnessing climate change."

Steven

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good group of travelers on the tour, guide was very good. Hotel in Nice was the best and selection of cities was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pont du Gard was the wow moment for me."

Cherylyn

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The ability to see several areas of France without having to worry about travel accommodations was helpful. Some areas I would have liked more time to visit while others I would have preferred not to have visit at all. The overall trip was a positive experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was Annecy, France. This town brought a lot of unexpected wow factor. A beautiful, peaceful stop on our trip. "

Patricia

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour route included all of the "must see" sites in France. It was well organized and resourced. The tour guide did a good job of orienting us in each of the neighborhoods where our hotels were located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Annecy"

Lynn

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Beautiful place to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint chappell"

Lenoir

Tour: 06/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Weird to sign up with a group of people you've never met. They were each fantastic!!! How rewarding to be with a small group of wonderful people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, You may not like this, but swimming in the Mediterranean as opposed to out ocean chez nous."

When To Go & Weather

Late spring and fall are the best times to take a My Way France tour, combining generally good weather, lighter crowds, and the full range of tourist fun.

France / Paris

Paris Weather


France / Nice

Nice Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Paris (CDG or ORY) and out of Nice (NCE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in France.

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