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  • Burg Eltz, Mosel Valley, Germany
    Burg Eltz in the Mosel Valley, Germany
  • Lichtentaler Allee, Baden-Baden, Germany
    Baden-Baden, Germany
  • Gimmelwald, Switzerland
    Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
  • Berner Oberland, Switzerland
    Hiking in the Swiss Alps
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany
    Neuschwanstein, Germany
  • Munich Beer Hall
  • Salzburg, Austria
    Salzburg, Austria
  • Hallstatt, Austria
    Hallstatt, Austria
  • Michaelerplatz and Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria
    Vienna

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Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour

from $3,995 per person + air

Single Supplement $775

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On this two-week tour, mountains, Mozart, and mugs of beer all clink together to create a totally yodel-y adventure. Starting in Trier, along Germany's scenic Mosel River, your Rick Steves guide will make this region's history and culture come alive in royal Munich, fairy-tale Neuschwanstein, Baroque Salzburg, stately Vienna, relaxing Baden-Baden, the cut-glass Alps of the Swiss Berner Oberland, and beautiful Lake Hallstatt — with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way. Join us for the Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2022

What's Included

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

Here's what you'll see and do on our Germany, Austria & Switzerland tour:

  • Trier walking tour
  • Mosel wine tasting
  • Beilstein
  • Burg Eltz castle
  • Black Forest Open-Air Museum
  • Schilthorn mountain excursion
  • Trümmelbach Falls
  • Orientation for hiking in the Swiss Alps
  • Munich walking tour
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting)
  • Salzburg walking tour
  • Salzburg Cathedral
  • Lake Hallstatt boat cruise
  • Mauthausen concentration camp memorial
  • Vienna transportation pass
  • Historic Vienna walking tour
  • Vienna Opera House (when available)
  • Third Man Museum

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Trier, Germany, to Vienna, Austria
  • 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
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Germany

We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Trier for a "Welcome to Germany" meeting. Then we'll take an evening walk through Deutschland's oldest city and get acquainted over dinner together.

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

Day 2: Roman Ruins and Mosel Wine

We'll begin our day with a walking tour of the historic Roman and medieval heart of Trier, marveling at its Porta Nigra gate, the most impressive Roman fortification in Germany. Afterwards we'll visit a local winery, learning how the steep slopes along the Mosel River produce some of the finest white wines in the world and tasting some of the region's famous bounty. We'll set you free for the rest of the day to explore more of Trier's pedestrian-friendly city center.

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

Day 3: Burg Eltz Castle and Baden-Baden

This morning's drive takes us along the Mosel River to the mighty Burg Eltz — Europe's oldest castle still in use as a residence — where we'll tour the complex and experience firsthand how lords and ladies lived 500 years ago. Before leaving the valley behind, we'll stop in the über-quaint village of Beilstein for lunch together along the riverbank. Our final destination is the old resort town of Baden-Baden, famous for its mineral baths and games of chance. Upon arrival, we'll take an orientation stroll through town. Then you'll have the rest of the evening free to "do the spa" (with or without your swimsuit), wander along the shaded riverside promenade, or try your luck in the ornate casino.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 ½ hours. Sleep in Baden-Baden.

Day 4: Black Forest and Beyond

We'll start our day with a scenic drive to a nearby luge course for a ride on a tiny sled with wheels (weather permitting) before our arrival at the Black Forest Open-Air Museum. Here we'll have a local guide walk us through the preserved farmhouses and mills, leaving some free time to linger in the past and order up some lunch (prepare for the wurst!). Then we'll drive up into Switzerland's snow-peaked Berner Oberland country. At the end of the deep Lauterbrunnen Valley, we'll take a thrilling gondola lift up to our hotel in clifftop Mürren, where we'll enjoy amazing views and have dinner together.

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

Day 5: The Schilthorn and Hiking in the Swiss Alps

Let's begin the day with a thrilling ride up the gondola lift to the top of the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet. The rest of the day is all yours to loiter in the thin air or find your way back down to Mürren. You may want to join your guide for an optional mountain walk…or take a narrow-gauge railway up the other side of the valley to Kleine Scheidegg, near the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau peaks.

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

Day 6: More of the Berner Oberland

This morning we'll witness the roaring, thundering, crashing, splashing display of nature's awesome power in Trümmelbach Falls — a series of subterranean waterfalls that plunge hundreds of feet into darkness behind the valley's cliffs. You'll have the afternoon free to take a brisk mountain walk or explore more of the Berner Oberland on your own before we regroup for dinner.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: ½ hour. Sleep in Mürren.

Day 7: Scenic Drive into Bavaria

Today's drive is a good time to catch up on your trip journal, listen to music, curl up with a good book, or just sit back and enjoy views of pristine mountains and sparkling lakes. We'll stop for lunch on our way to the heart of Bavaria — home of fairy-tale castles, well-worn lederhosen, sing-along beer gardens, and oompah-hospitality. Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner together in Munich.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 7 hours. Sleep in Munich.

Day 8: All Day to Explore Munich

We'll spend our morning getting a behind-the-scenes look at Munich with a walking tour through its historic Old Town, learning about the "checkered" history and traditions of Bavaria. The rest of the day is yours to stroll around Germany's most livable city, soak up some culture at its world-class museums, or rent a bike to pedal the car-free paths of the English Garden and Isar River.

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

Day 9: Neuschwanstein and Salzburg

This morning we'll drive through farming country, then take an uphill hike to tour the fairy-tale fantasy of "Mad" King Ludwig: Neuschwanstein Castle. We'll hike back down to share lunch together before leaving Germany behind. Later this afternoon we'll arrive in Salzburg and settle into our quaint hotel. We'll end our day with an orientation walk through the historic center, and share a "Welcome to Austria" dinner together.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Salzburg.

Day 10: All Day to Soak Up Salzburg

Salzburg is a perfect town for a walking tour, and that's how we'll spend our morning: strolling under the wrought-iron signs of the Getreidegasse, going Baroque at the Salzburg Cathedral, and exploring the Mirabell Gardens. The rest of your day is free for wandering through Salzburg's magnificent gardens, hiking up the fortress hill for a panoramic view, or pedaling a rented bike into the countryside, singing "do, re, mi." Your guide will give you a run-down of local concerts you could enjoy this evening.

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

Day 11: Austria's Lovely Lake District

This morning we'll make our way to postcard-pretty Lake Hallstatt. It's far too cute for our bus, so after settling in to our lakeside lodging we'll enjoy a boat cruise past breathtaking villages and craggy mountain vistas. Spend a free afternoon communing with Mother Nature on foot or by boat — or hike up to one of the world's oldest salt mines before tonight's dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Boat: 1 hour. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep on Lake Hallstatt.

Day 12: Lessons of History

Today we'll drive toward Vienna, stopping en route to visit the thought-provoking Mauthausen concentration camp memorial, where we'll learn about the Holocaust and lessons of 1933–1945. Then we'll follow the Danube Valley to the grand finale of our tour — Vienna, once the capital of Europe's wealthiest empire. We'll cap off our day with an evening walking tour through historic Vienna before setting you free for dinner on your own.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Vienna.

Day 13: All Day in Classy Vienna

We'll begin our day in sophisticated Vienna with a trip to the Third Man Museum for a fascinating look at the city's post-WWII history. Then we'll explore the city's rich Habsburg heritage, including its elegant Opera House (when available). Your afternoon is free to explore another world-class museum or two, or to slow down and enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. Tonight we'll meet for our last dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Prost!

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Vienna.

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Vienna's airport by train, bus or taxi. You'll have easy connections to home, or on to other points in Europe. Auf Wiedersehen!

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 Germany, Austria & Switzerland 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.
  5. Adjust to constant Alpine weather changes that can interfere with sightseeing.
  6. Handle steep walks and long castle stair climbs at Burg Eltz, Neuschwanstein, and Trümmelbach Falls.

Reviews

Bob

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour was simply wonderful. Our guide Andrea weaved the culture, history, and sights of this area into very meaningful narratives. The scenery was storybook and the residents were ready to engage in relevant conversations about their countries. We thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but perhaps the gondola lift up to the Schilthorn early on a Saturday morning. We were the first group up to the top. It was quiet, peaceful, and clear. The view was like none we'd ever seen before. It actually brought tears to our eyes to view such beauty."

Rebecca

Winter Springs, FL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour but won't be our last. We've traveled many times on our own and decided to take the tour to eliminate all the upfront planning work. The tour certainly delivered on that plus so much more. We wouldn't have been able to cover so much ground or have such rich cultural experiences on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views from the top of the Schilthorn were breathtaking & Murren was my favorite destination. Close second was in Salzburg at the apple strudel interactive demonstration. When we were done, the assistant/waitress Alina sang 'Queen of the Night'. I never 'got' opera until she performed - I still get goosebumps thinking about it. Traditional spa in Baden-Baden was also a highlight."

Cathy

Moultrie, GA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time in a tour group and we had the most amazing experience. The itinerary, tour guide, and history lessons were fabulous. The group got along so well. We absolutely loved John, our bus driver and his very nice bus! The was the best trip we've ever had. It was interesting, fun, and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! The village of Murren was such a beautiful place to stay. We loved the hikes on the valley floor and the Mountain View Trail from Allmendhubel to Gimmelwald (though the last little bit was pretty tough). The sights of the Alps all along these trails was "wow!" We took the gondola up to Schilthorn and back down to Birg. It was all so very beautiful! Have to add the Apple Strudel cooking class - the Sound of Music sights - and Mauthausen as other high points of this trip."

Michael

Palatine, IL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The struedel making was fun and delicious, only to be topped by the thoroughly unexpected and spectacular Aria performance by " the assistant cook/ table maid"."

Roberta

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Andrea was the best guide. I feel so blessed to have have had her. Also John (big John) our bus driver was great. We made new friends on our tour also. Definitely looking forward to doing another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and taking the gandora up to our hotel. It was magical. I never would have found such a great place to stay on my own."

Joel

Pelham, NH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour and, once again, it did not disappoint. We enjoyed all of the destinations, our tour guide Andrea enhanced the experience with her knowledge of the local culture and history and our bus driver was personable and friendly and did a great job. Our group was wonderful; made so many new friends. The hotels were fine; the quality of the meals was variable - form mediocre to superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Murren, Switzerland area was spectacular. The views from the top of Mt. Schilthorn on a clear day were amazing. Attended a Mozart opera/dinner in Salzburg. Jaw-dropping experience - being serenaded with "O Solo Mio" by an aspiring opera tenor (who I was sitting across from at a Mozart opera/dinner in Salzburg) in the washroom between acts. The star baritone heard and walked in and couldn't believe his eyes or ears. Later he invited the young tenor onstage to sing - got a standing O."

John

Canton, OH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. This tour surpassed my expectations. The tour was well organized with interesting stops, informative tours, delicious food/drink, and memorable experiences. Andrea was a fantastic guide who made the tour experience exceptionally good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to top of Mt Shelthorn was a highlight of the trip. We were luck weather cleared. I also have to say that Strudel making class with amateur opera singer was a "Wow" moment."

Therese

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Andrea, is so full of enthusiasm, energy and knowledge. She was able to make adjustments as needed in our schedule due to weather...made everything seem effortless. The whole tour group got along so well and were so friendly. Having previously toured with another company, I really enjoyed the smaller number of people on the tour. Each hotel we stayed at was in a central location of the old part of the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a great time in Salzburg at a cooking school inside a cave where we were taught how to make apple strudel. While our creations were baking, we had lunch and then were treated to an opera performance by the young woman who was assisting the chef. You never would have guessed that she's an opera student! It was amazing! Okay, there is another as well (actually, it's hard to pick!)...being in the Alps was wonderful! Murren is beautiful. LOVED taking the gondola to the top of Schilthorn."

Joan

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour of Germany/Austria/ Switzerland far and away exceeded our expectations! Along with our group of enthusiastic travelers, we joined our exceptional guide, Andrea on a tour that encompassed gorgeous scenery, historical places, great food and art. From the peaceful green valleys scattered with bell-laden cattle to the high snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps to the musical center of Saltsburg and then Munich where the events of Nazi Germany were brought to our attention, we felt blessed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride up the gondola to the Schilthorn and the stunning views all around on a freezing, sunny morning had to be among many wow moments. Our boat ride at Lake Hallstatt held more beautiful scenery. Another very worthwhile tour, was the visit to the Third Man Museum in Vienna. This passionate collector has put together an amazing museum with first-hand accounts from people he has interviewed."

Stephanie

Tampa, FL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You have exceeded our expectations. We so enjoyed this tour and all the hotels and meals. Our tour guide was exceptional and so knowledgeable. The hotels were perfect we wanted the feel of the region and a good location and they were both. The apple strudel cooking class in Salzburg was such a treat. We had so much fun with an unexpected concert from our helper she was nothing short of amazing. The amount of nights in each city was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Murren. It was what I expected Switzerland to be the gondola ride to our hotel was outstanding. The hikes and the towns were quaint an friendly and so picturesque. The cows with their cow bells were so adorable."

Karen

Canton, OH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we loved it. I was a little hesitant as I usually do not enjoy group tours. We have used the RS guidebooks and really enjoy the travel philosophy. We were considering this tour because it was supposed to be active. Then my brother and his wife took a RS tour to Italy last year and loved it so much they signed up for the Germany tour this year. That convinced me. We were not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough decision. I think it was sitting on the balcony of our hotel in Murren sipping wine, surrounded by the alps and listening to cow bells."

Ann

Palatine, IL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful! The tour had a wonderful balance of cities, country & nature- not too much of any one thing ( ie churches, museums, castles and palaces.). Long bus rides mostly had enjoyable stops at castles, open-air museum, or cute towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved so much - hard to say - The opera-singer waitress after strudel-making in Salzburg? The dinner-opera evening performance on our own in Salzburg? Chocolate making in Interlochen? Eating there and watching the para-gliders land? Hiking Northface in Murren? Too hard to decide!"

Judee

Marysville, WA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

My first tour was a 10, second tour 7.5, this tour 5. There were things that we had to pay for that I felt should have been included. The tour guide said we can take our time but then it was rush rush rush. There were 3 people who fell on this trip. He was checked out and not very engaged with us as a group. Didn't speak loud enough and then would mumble. It so happened that a couple both fell at different times, Hans commented that it must run in the family when the second one tripped and fell.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps breath taking"

Charles

San Angelo, TX

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As much fun as you can have. Great sites, history and fun. Wonderful fellow travelers. Hans was a great guide. He knew where to go and how to get there. I would do it all again tomorrow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most important: Mauthausen and 3rd man museum. We cannot forget! My favorites: 1. Hiking the North Face in Murren. 2. Taking on and loving Octoberfest in Munich 3. Sitting and enjoying a beer in an outdoor lakeside cafe in Lake Hallstatt 4.Beautiful and elegant Austria 5. Burg-Eltz 6. Relaxing in Baden-Baden 7. Our guide Hans- so much fun!! Least favorite: Newschwanstein Castle Mozart concert Train ride from Frankfurt - Ugh"

Jill

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Hans was very knowledgeable and experienced. He handled some challenging situations and personalities with grace and charm. Part of the reason for selecting the tour was the opportunity to travel with my friends. That was an important and enjoyable aspect of the tour for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was incredibly beautiful and I've been to Switzerland many times.We were extremely lucky to have beautiful weather. The one negative was that we took the wrong route on the "short" hike down the mountain. I wish I would have had a map or more instruction on which trail to take. The hike down the road was dangerous and more difficult than it should have been."

Steve

Fallbrook, CA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Switzerland."

Janice

Battle Ground, WA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the group of people whom which I traveled. Liked the fact that Hans worked hard to make our experience meaningful and filled up extra time with interesting experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in in Alps around Murren."

Deborah

Fallbrook, CA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour I have taken. Having a special tour guide makes all the difference in the world. The tour was a dream like fast pace event with great locations and special touches that we would not have seen and on our typical trips which is air B and B's, trains, buses and selected tours. It was nice to take a break and let someone else figure out the details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment from the tour was Switzerland and the sheer beauty of the Alps. Staying in the charming town of Mürren and hiking the alps on a PICTURE PERFECT day! I loved the cows with the bells and the locals were friendly."

Rhonda

Melbourne, FL

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Baden, Baden Germany!"

Lori

North Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My mother, sister and I were looking for an experience to get a closer look at Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I felt like this was a wonderful tour to get to see some new destinations and to get a feeling for the culture of these three nations, even if it felt rushed at times. Maisie was a crucial part of this exploration. She provided excellent commentary and descriptions for the places we were visiting as well as talking about the people of these nations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a couple amazing "wow" moments, one was the discovery of Berg Eltz. You walk along this wooded path for a good few minutes, then before you is this huge castle that seems to take up the whole valley. The second was our days in Murren. We had beautiful sunshine for our days in Switzerland, which opened up to let us discover the Swiss alps. There is magic in those mountains, and I am so grateful we got to experience that magic!"

Suzanne

North Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour with Maisie as our fearless leader. The tour was pretty fast paced and felt rushed at times. We sometimes felt like we could have used more time in a location. There was plenty of free time though and I felt the flow of the trip was good and the group chemistry was pretty congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face Trail above Murren in Switzerland on a beautiful, sunny day. Looking back and seeing the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch peeking out above white clouds and looking down to see happy Swiss cows peacefully grazing green pastures. This is as close to heaven as it gets!"

Emily

North Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour overall but couldn't help but feel that reality is being ignored in the designing of some aspects of our experience. Some hotels didn't have room for Rick's idea of a "small group" in the lobby or breakfast areas, and tours in places like the Black Forest Open Air Museum and the rooms of the Vienna Treasury were crowded enough (with us) that it was difficult to see and I felt bad for other visitors we crowded out. Baden Baden was 'eh' and Halsatt is no longer nice to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had exceptional weather in the Swiss Alps and I can't imagine more scenic views than we saw on the North Face Trail!"

Matthew

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being that this was our honeymoon, we wanted to do something special that we'd look back upon and cherish. Neither of us had ever traveled to Europe, so this trip was meant to be an adventure into the unknown. Mission accomplished! Seeing as much as we did in the two weeks we had was the perfect balance of organization and independence. The weather was even better than forecasted too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments to choose from, but I'd have to say anytime I realized I was doing something special that people had done for hundred (if not thousands) of years before me. Whether drinking a beer at Hofbräuhaus in München or Stegl in Salzburg or listening to the cow bells ringing in the distance from Mürren or doing a spa in Baden-Baden or climbing through the salt mines of Hallstatt... one has to appreciate the tradition of these places. So much to experience!"

Harold

Livonia, MI

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we had hoped for, and more. Our tour leader Maisey was outstanding - supremely knowledgeable of the history and culture of our tour area, wonderfully personable and witty, and she did a great job of keeping us on schedule. Trier was a huge surprise to me - beautiful, historical, and very tourist-friendly. Murren and the Swiss Alps were magnificent, and the great weather we enjoyed there was a fortunate bonus. Oktoberfest was overcrowded as expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Murren and the surrounding trails and towns with the Eiger Monck, and Jungfrau peaks seemingly close enough to touch was an out-of-this-world three days of peace and wonder. The beautiful weather and German/Swiss beer (especially Schwarzmonch) added to the ecstasy."

Mariah

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What made the tour stand out was our great guide Maise! She had really insightful and interesting things to say about all the regions we visited, gave great recommendations and was generally great to be around! The places we visited were gorgeous and the meals were good! The hotels were all very comfortable and nice. I think the only thing I might change would be to add a day in either Munich or Salzburg and eliminate Hallstatt, even though it is lovely it is very congested with tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be either hiking in the Swiss Alps or Salzburg! Salzburg is a beautiful city, it was easy to walk the city, plenty of natural and historical wonders as well as great food!"

Michael

Toledo, OH

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. A pleasant mix of cities and countryside. Maisie was a knowledgeable and personable guide who brought the history of the area to life. The local guides were equally knowledgeable and had a very good sense of humor as well.. The opportunity to be in Munich during Octoberfest was an added bonus. It's impossible to overstate the beauty of the Swiss Alps. We were so fortunate to have great weather there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps for the first time as we drove to Mürren and then spending time in the midst of them."

Bev

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "Rick Steves" tour and it did exceed our expectations. While we had heard rave reviews of these tours, we were in awe of the organization, subtle surprises, variety of activities and places to stay, the cohesiveness of the group and the knowledge shared by our fabulous guide, Iris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were unbelievable......the cute towns, interesting people, beautiful fall scenery, the majestic mountains with waterfalls, a bit of snow, the cows coming down with the bells ringing, and quaint restaurants and shops."

William

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour which exceeded my expectations.. It was well organized and very well led by Iris. A huge amount of historical information was shared by Iris at each and every stop. The tour guides at various stops were well selected for their skill and knowledge of the local area and history. And, it was timely that we were in Munich at the start of October Fest and got to see the Fest area first hand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The Swiss Alps and Murren. 2. The Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and 3. St Stephens church in Vienna."

Arlys

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace of structured time versus free time was perfect. Our tour guide was excellent - learned a lot from her. Iris knew her information, was an excellent communicator, and initiated great group dynamics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two things - the alps were breathtaking and the little towns surrounding Murren were highlights. Another "wow" moment was being at the right time and right spot to see the parade of cows, coming from the higher elevations to the lowlands for winter. The cacophony of cow bells, decorated cows and the proud herdsmen and their families was truly a lifetime memory for me."

Terry

La Palma, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was packed scheduled tour and we experience far more with this tour than if we went by ourself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking from Murren to Gimmelwald. This was one of the most beautiful walk I ever did in my life and I been around many places!"

William

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and well executed. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was hearing Mozart's music performed in Mozart's home town on a site where Charlemagne had once stopped for a glass of wine. How cool is that?"

Marlene

La Quinta, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip schedule was well organized. I felt as though our time was well utilized. If the weather did not cooperate we were able to change our itinerary. The group of people on our tour were very friendly and interesting. I enjoyed the sites, landmarks and restaurants we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The landscape in Switzerland is amazing."

Robert

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour with Iris exceeded our expectations.The places we went would have been difficult at best to visit. Lake Hallstatt is just one example. We like to train (as opposed to driving) and for that reason, the wonderful, comfortable bus ride took us were we probably never would have ventured (castles, dairy farms, bobsled runs, etc.) In addition, we would have travelled alone but with this group we had great companionship with joyful meals and walk-I could go on and on....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to limit; however, the climb up the Trummelback Falls had to be on the top of my list. As I approached the ceiling and saw the sky peeking out from the mountaintop, I was in awe. To think that labors built this pathway to the heavens just boggles the mind."

Matt

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great trip. Our group was enjoyable, with a good mix of age, travel experience and from across the US. We loved our guide, Iris, and our driver, Wim. We also appreciated the local guides that were able to bring a greater understanding of the local history and current perspectives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swill Alps blew us away. The beauty and peacefulness of the area."

Sheila

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Accommodations were great and bus travel very comfortable. I enjoyed and looked forward to the historical information the guides provided. Information about historical and present day politics/policies/current events was interesting. I look forward to another trip with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the deck at Hotel Jungfrau, listening to the musicians arranged by Iris; marveling at the view of the stark cold mountains in front of me, then turning around to see the lush green hillside meadow rising behind me. The contrast, the solumness,the horn and accordian music, the briskness of the cool clean air, sitting amoung new friends---a great Wow memory."

Weldon

Childress, TX

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Janice

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each new place we visited had a wow moment. Some of the highlights, all of Switzerland, the 1609 farm house, Mozart dinner and opera, Oct fest, pastries in Baden Baden, to name a few."

Tom

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose this tour because it seemed to push all the buttons. Small towns, exciting urban cities, beautiful scenery and Octoberfest too. Our tour guide Iris, made it memorable with her knowledge, sense of humor and leadership. The group we traveled with were the best too. On time, friendly, and easy to get along with. I can't wait to book my next trip and I think it will be with some from this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one "wow" moment but the cows coming down from the alp through Murren decorated with their bells and flowers was a special moment. The magnificent views of the Swiss Alps and hiking in the mountains was special."

Sandy

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4 Rick Steves tour. Andrea was a fantastic guide. Her energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge/ passion for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland made the trip even better. We really enjoyed this tour from numerous hikes in Murren with the local cows, Octoberfest was an experience, the spa in Baden-Baden, Lake Hattstatt, and not to be forgotten Maunthausen. We did do the Sound Music Tour in Salzberg. This was extremely cheesy and I would not recommend for other tour members to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was hiking in Murren. We had beautiful weather - the scenery was breathe taking!"

Sara

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's hard to believe how many amazing sites and fun experiences were packed into this tour. My husband and I now have some memories that will last a lifetime and we also learned so much throughout the trip, thanks to our guide as well as local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oktoberfest was a highlight. The local guide showed us around town and our tour guide even joined us in the festivities. She recommended a great tent that felt more traditional and authentic. It was such a fun experience to see the tents, watch the dancers, enjoy the music as well as of course the beer and food. We may have to return again with some friends!"

Mark

Hermiston, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All very interesting and enjoyable. All details were covered. Accommodations and transportation were top notch. Enjoyed the many opportunities to do your own thing outside of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were by far my most memorable thing."

Rich

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip far exceeded my already high Hope's. Andrea was a delight. She was informative, energetic and enthusiastic. She made the whole trip fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was such a beautiful country. It was like being in a Christmas Card."

Ralph

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, both Andrea and the local guides. Mostly good weather especially in Switzerland. Gave us great views of the Alps. Very compatible tour group making the experience even more pleasant. The

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps."

Diane

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we really did not know how we would like it. Turns out it was one of our favorite vacations ever. We broke the tour in thirds. First were the locations, another third the tour guide, and lastly the other travelers in the group. Everything exceeded expectations. All locations were beautiful. Andrea Wolf our tour guide was upbeat, knowledgeable, and fun. The other people in the tour group were friendly, adventurous, intelligent, and had the same love for travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. The weather was as good as it could possibly be. The views were perfection. Everywhere you look was like looking at a postcard."

John

Pottstown, PA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time, just needed a little more down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland!! It was so beautiful"

Stephen

Oakville, MO

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyone was outstanding. The tour group was a lot of fun. Our driver (Charles) was quite competent but more than that, he was friendly and entertaining. Our tour guide (Andrea Wolf) was spectacular! Knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic! Her energy was boundless. I enjoyed talking history and politics with her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Bavarian Alps from the Schilthorn!"

Karen

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is one of the best Rick Steve's tour we've been on, because our tour guide, Andrea Wolf, made this tour exceptional! Her knowledge of Germany, Austria and Switzerland has forever enriched our lives. She made our amazing experience flawless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Switzerland Alps moved me to tears! The views were breathtaking and I was speechless in awe and wonder."

Jeri

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though it was our first Rick Steves tour, because we read the book,emails and watched some of the videos, we were totally prepared. You do a fantastic job of putting your tour participants in a position for relaxed travel - so we can truly learn about and appreciate the many sites you show us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps in Murren. The weather was perfect - not that you could have controlled that, but it made for the "moment" - the cow bells were chiming, the majesty of the Alps, the blue sky, our fellow tour members who chose to hike with us. We just kept pinching ourselves that we were there in that beautiful place doing that hike in that amazing moment! Thanks for the opportunity."

Christy

Hermiston, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our first trip to Europe on your tour! I did drag my husband kicking and screaming, and we actually booked this trip and the best of Italy back to back, as he told me he would only come here once! Sorry for the delay responding as we just finished the Best of Italy tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one..... Mürren, Switzerland was our favorite place. We had such great weather and we are from rural Oregon, and we loved the hiking and sightseeing there. Octoberfest in Munich was a close second!"

Mary

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. We really enjoyed Andrea and the mix of people in our group. Andrea did a good job mixing us up so that we got to know everyone. She kept the chocolate flowing and made good recommendations for ways to spend our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For sure, we loved Murren and Munich the best."

William

Pompano Beach, FL

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great interacting with the other tour members, they all turned out to be a wonderful bunch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps, they were beautiful and everything I thought they would be."

Kortney

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was absolutely incredible! This was my first trip to Europe and I would go on this trip again hands down. The tour group was amazing. We became a family by the end of the first week. I enjoyed every minute and can't wait to start planning my next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the Swiss Alps. That was absolutely breathtaking. Pictures do not do this place justice. I will definitely go back."

Tyler

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. We enjoyed every city and every stop we made along the way as well as learning the culture. Being with a group of people to share it with made the experience even more enjoyable. Having local guides and every city to explains its history and culture was fantastic and enlightening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Murren and being in the Alps. Being on top of Schilthorn in the morning when it was empty and looking out at the valleys and mountains is a breathtaking experience I will never forget. After, hiking with that background is incredible and peaceful."

Jeff

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour and it was just as enjoyable as the previous three. Getting an extra full day in Switzerland this time was an added bonus (always love heading back to the Alps).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not only getting to visit Oktoberfest (even though we weren't one of the trips listed on the tour page as getting to be able to), but being led through the staging area of the opening-day parade to see all the beer carts and bands was a treat. This was the second time I got to visit Oktoberfest unplanned on a Rick Steves tour (the first was in 2011 when we convinced Dimitri to take us there). As for a true "wow" moment, the views from the Northface Trail Hans took us on (yay for the Alps)."

Regina

Pompano Beach, FL

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour! I didn't know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed the choices of sites we went to and the drives we took! I was hesitant about traveling with other people to be honest. I didn't feel we would connect with other travelers; but I was wrong with that way of thinking! This was our first tour but not our last! To be able to hear other experiences and suggestions and even advise made this experience that much more special!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OH MY GOODNESS! The Swiss Alps! Murren was the BEST!!! I had been looking forward to this part of the tour but it by far exceeded my expectations! This part alone would be the reason I would do this tour again!"

April

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated the balance between group activities and free time. We visited both larger cities and smaller towns, viewed beautiful countryside and historic architecture. We hiked in the mountains and rode the underground trains in Vienna. We listened to an alpen horn and a Mozart concert. Each hotel had its own flavor and the hosts were gracious. The tour guide and bus driver shepherded the group with patience and humor. The gorgeous weather enhanced the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I learned so much history and culture of the places we visited. The local guides and our tour guide imparted the information with passion and humor. I have better understanding of the political and cultural climate and events which shaped the present day countries we visited. The visit to Mauthausen was a sober reminder of the horrors of the past against which we must be vigilant to prevent a recurrence."

Jacqueline

Macedon, NY

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW! Our high expectations for this tour were met and or exceeded. Daniela our Tour Director, was well organized. Keeping our itinerary and our free time running smoothly, to get the best out of our trip. Her enthusiasm and sharing her own experiences gave us a better understanding of the history of the country and culture of the German people. All the sweet treats kept a smile on everyone's face, too. It was fun and interesting hearing the stories from our group at dinner. Great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Berner Oberland, the thrilling gondola lift to the Schilthorn and the "Thrill Walk" the Alpine Horn, Trummelbach Fall Tour never seen anything like it and the hiking through the majestic Swiss Alps. Scenic drive into Bavaria and the beer gardens, with the oompah-hospitality. Salzburg it was the Mozart Dinner concert coordinated by our guide, Daniela. Lake Hallstatt. Vienna, the personal tour of the Third Man Museum by owner Gerhard Strassgchwandtner the "Albrecht Durer" exhibit at the Albertina."

Audrey

Auburn, CA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though I had been there before, arriving in Murren and looking at the beautiful mountains is amazing."

Ken

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent overall guide (Daniela) with awesome city guides in Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. I really appreciated Daneila's perspective on the impact of the war as she was raised in Germany. We were really pleased with this trip and will do more with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gerhard's World War II museum in Vienna - loved it! We had incredibly good weather which made the Switzerland part of the trip particularly awesome. The place we stayed in Murren was really fun and we loved Switzerland. Virtually all of the areas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland were so lush and green, really beautiful."

James

Rapid City, SD

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Daniela and our driver, gave us the cultural and scenic tour of Alps promised by Rick Steve's Travel. By the end of the tour we were immersed the beauty of three countries and their way of life. Without the Rick Steves Travel organization we could have had the variety of experiences that our tour gave us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest surprise and most fun for me was the luge ride. I would like to have taken a second, even a third ride down the mountain."

Linda

Damascus, OR

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous trip. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and we couldn't have been more pleased. I'm sure we got the "BEST" tour guide. Daniela Wedel was such an informative and outstanding person to spend two weeks with on tour. Thank you Daniela! Our city guides were excellent also!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the three nights we spent in Murren with gorgeous weather! Everything from the trips to the Schilthorn & Jungfrau, as well as the alpen horn player at our dinner in Murren. But then again, there was Munich! Loved Munich! Wow!"

Christine

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip from beginning to end! The size of the group, the quality of the guides, the quaint hotels located smack-dab in the middle of each city was tremendous! I felt like every moment was well-used AND especially appreciated all the time taken to share the history of each area/region... special

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the tram up to the Schilthorn - Piz Gloria. Daniela made arrangements for whomever on the tour wanted to do this and it was a brilliant way to introduce us to the WOW of the Swiss Alps. The views were incredible and there was no way to take a bad photo! Another powerful moment was visiting Mauthausen concentration camp - so moving and essential to helping me understand the history and the people of the area during World War II."

Judy

Eaton Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the variety of small town, big city on this tour. I especially enjoyed the three nights in Murren. The balance of free time and planned experiences was just right. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Our bus driver was amazing as he guided our bus through some of those hairpin curves. I enjoyed the whole experience. This was a great experience throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to the views in Murren and watching the sun go down over the mountains as we sat outside at a restaurant. The feeling that you were in a very special place in the world was priceless."

Katherine

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time exploring Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Daniela Wedel. She was a great guide, very knowledgeable and so great with the "treats".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely loved Vienna."

M Kevin

Suffolk, VA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking Switzerland"

Donald

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of free time and scheduled time was great. I especially liked the provided meals so we could interact with our travel mates. I would make one small suggestion that on our Portugal tour Christine took a group picture at the first meeting and superimposed our names on it which was very convenient. Especially for folks like myself that are close to being able to hide my own Easter eggs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Alps from Murren on a clear beautiful day."

Richard

Pittsburg, TX

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first Rick Steve's tour and I have been on quite a few with other tour groups and on our own. I really appreciated the professionalism of all involved. The itinerary was perfect and we had super great tour members and tour director. Everyone got along and not a grump in the bunch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trummelback Falls was spectacular as well as the hiking we did in the Alps. In Munich the bicycle trip through Munich and the bicycle "Sound of Music tour" in Salzburg."

Anne

Freeland, MI

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience with Rick Steves Tours, and I could not have been more pleased. It was such a delightful experience. Mattie was fabulous! He is so knowledgeable about the history, culture, customs, locations, etc. He also did a fantastic job ensuring that each member of the group was equipped with the information they needed to make the most of their time in each location. I enjoyed meeting and spending time with each of the travelers in our group - such delightful people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so difficult to choose only one "wow" moment. That said, I would lean toward our time in Murren, the Schilthorn, and stepping through one of my fears and completing "The Thrill Walk"."

Joan

Windsor, CA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves tours are known to be excellent enriching tours. This tour provided all of that and more. I have only high praise of the tour, guides, leader, and locations visited, all of it including the somber WW11 site Mauthausen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just sitting in Murren Switzerland, in the sun, on a perfect day, understanding how incredibly fortunate my life has been for me to be THERE at that moment. Never would I have known about that perfect place or had that moment without this tour."

Judy

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! I was not sure about taking a group tour, in the past we traveled on our own. Matti was a great guide, making the trip fun, feeding us with history, local customs, many treats and surprises! We became quick friends with all, and everyone was friendly and open to new ideas and making the most of the experience. I'd do this again with no hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment had to be in Switzerland. We were fortunate to have clear and beautiful views from the top of the Schilthorn, that was awesome,but my wow, would have to be, the hike to Gimmelwald. We met a young 7 year old girl, Fiona, riding her bike back and forth through the group, friendly chatting with all, and she sang us a song. We all fell in love with her and, I felt like we had just met Heidi in the mountains!"

Guy

Media, PA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. Matty brought us together as a group. The sites and the weather were better than we could hope for. It combined fun with learning as all Rick Steve Tours do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps in Switzerland on crystal clear days was magical. The majestic snow kissed mountains against a blue sky above and the green pastures with the cow bells chiming below was an experience I will never forget. The group encountered Fiona on a hike. Fiona is a blond seven year old who lives near Murren. She sang us a cute song on the spot. We all fell in love with her."

Ellen

Lindale, GA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was so great. The group of people was outstanding. Matthias made the trip more enjoyable by giving us facts about the cities, making sure we saw everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, everyone says Murren, which it was a WOW moment but I really liked Trier and Baden Baden. I thought it was AWESOME to be able to walk around without cars. The towns were so uniquie. The atmosphere, overall just the towns."

Steve

Lindale, GA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just a great trip!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beside Murren, I would have to say Mauthausen, I thought it wqas good to see that camp and be reminded of all the people who died and how they suffered. It is sad but we don't need to forget those people."

Gary

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was truly an outstanding tour: beautiful landscapes, great tour group, fabulous guide, and lots of surprises!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland! And the beautiful weather we enjoyed while there for three nights!"

Beverley

Pittsburg, TX

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am very impressed with all Rick Steve's tours. This one was so wonderful because of the bonding with the group and the tour guide was terrific. I picked this tour for the extra day in Switzerland and I'm so glad we did because we had perfect weather and was able to do all the outdoor hiking and go up to top of Schlitrhorn which was a WOW experience. Every hotel wonderful, food great. Itinerary perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to have a favorite for there were "wow"s" daily, From the Alps in Switzerland up the Schlitrhorn, Breathtaking churches, castles. Being inside the Frauline Maria's convent and the nuns were singing on The Sound of Music bicycle tour. Th bike riding in Munich through the park and picnic in the bergarten. The beauty of Lake Hallstatt and the resort we stayed at. The city walking tours were all excellent. Our final meal that was a part of The Melk cellars was just terrific."

Dean

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sights; comfortable bus with like-minded travelers;lot's of room since the tour was only 24 people; perfect weather nearly all the time but could have used more AC at night in several hotels. Mathias Unger, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable, fun, entertaining and very accommodating.....even got us Kaiserschmarrn before the trip ended...could not have asked for a better guide quite frankly. Seems like maybe we could have gone inside a few more buildings as part of the tour perhaps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crystal clear Lauterbrunnen valley with the Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau lording over us along with the constant clatter of swiss cowbells on the Birg to Murren Hike was not to be beaten...the Manchlichen hike was also very nice as well...view from the Schilthorn is unbeatable but the Jungfraujoch is the Top of Europe and right in the middle of all those glaciers...who can't be awed by the engineering that went into that train ride."

Brian

Lilburn, GA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! We enjoyed all the places we visited, our fellow tour members, our guide and our bus driver. This was our first group tour. It was a relief to turn over all the planning responsibilities to experts. Everything went as smoothly as it possibly could have. We had the perfect mix of organized group activities and free time in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think there was a specific "wow" moment. They were everywhere we went!"

Nancy

Conroe, TX

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a superlative tour! Everything about this tour clicked, the group was comprised of 6 singles and the remainder couple, all dedicated travelers. Not only were we a great mix, but a medical emergency occurred while we were in Murren and that seemed to unite and solidify the group in a very special way. There were several who were past alumni, but most of us were first timers. The stops are perfect, the food amazing and the hotels peaceful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our WOW moment was 3 days of crystal blue sky, craggy snow capped peaks and vivd green valleys. Laterbrunnen and the mountains surrounding it are beyond description adjectives, and everywhere you turned was a new vista or something you had to point out or capture with your camera. The tiny town of Murren was full of charm, a young girl serenaded us with a song, the window boxes were filled with flowers and the alp horns echoed in the evening air. It is like being somewhere otherworldly."

Katherine

Bethlehem, NH

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again a perfect vacation. What is it about RS tours that inspire such camaraderie within a group of strangers? Everyone was warm, welcoming and a whole lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren and the Swiss Alps - magnificent - breathtaking beauty. One of our favorite things about RS tours are the experiences we would have never encountered on our own such as the trip to a lovely village for a delicious warm onion quiche luncheon at Haus Lipmann and Lake Hallstatt."

Pete

Conroe, TX

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was exceptional! I can say that I normally don't spend that kind of money, but it was totally worth every penny . Normally I would rather go on my own to save money but my wife chose to go and it was worth it! Matti was personable and was very knowledgeable. We have had other tour guides but he exceeded all expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment, had to be Switzerland up on Schilthorn. The weather was gorgeous, and the day was incredibly unique."

Brian

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. We had a wonderful guide (Matti) and the people on the tour were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the highlight . The weather was perfectly clear and the views were awesome."

Lori

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! I can't believe how many places we went to and how much cool stuff we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 2 amazing castles we visited!"

Steve

Dubuque, IA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would like to get more time in the morning to enjoy breakfast and better prepare for the days activities. Also, staying overnight for only one night is not enough time to recharge and rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfortunately, the weather dampened my Alps experience as the mountains were "socked in" and not visible through the clouds. On the up side, the history lessons by our wonderful guide were excellent!"

Linda

Longwood, FL

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual great organization was evidenced in this tour of Germany Switzerland and Austria. The tour director was well-informed and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because the weather was not good in Switzerland, I particularly enjoyed Hallstatt Austria."

Karen

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to chose just one, but our hike on a beautiful sunny day in the Swiss Alps is certainly an experience I will never forget! The snow-capped mountains as our back for a lunch of locally made cheese, French bread, fresh strawberries and wine was breathtaking, and the sound of cow bells leading us right next to a pasture of cows was like something out of a storybook. A truly unforgettable day!"

Susan

Memphis, TN

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was excited to be going to Germany for the first time and to return to 2 other countries that I love but had not been in for over 20 years.... Our guide was so terrific, flexible and experienced that she made this experience even better. All the locations, hotels, meals and the other tour members were really great. I love the RS way; orientation to new locale and then many options....The variety of incredible nature, then cities, then towns, etc. provided a great pace.....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have so many but I think the tour of the Third Man Museum with the passion and care of the lovely man who was also our guide made this so personal and special....... I also am grateful for our visit to Maunthausen....thank you..... But also I loved my encounters with local people. A standout moment for me was being waited on by a charming, calm and elegant woman about my age in Salzburg. She and her modest ways touched me deeply. She was surprised I wanted to take her photo......"

Susan

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very good tour. It did a great job of giving us a flavor of three very similar and yet very different countries. The scenery was spectacular. We were very fortunate to get amazing weather in Switzerland. Andrea, our guide was very thorough, cheerful and informative. We loved Munich, and found it to be the perfect mix of old and new. The architecture in Vienna Austria was beautiful. Our fellow travelers were a very fun and energetic group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one. But going down a mountain on a luge was certainly the most exciting and fun moment."

Lawrence

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As this was our 3rd and not last Rick Steves tour we obviously love the tour philosophy. As with our previous tours the itinerary and tour guides met and exceeded our expectations! The choice of small hotels in the heart of the cities and the mix of experiences left nothing to be desired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were a favorite although it is difficult to pin it down to one moment! We also loved the small village feeling of Trier, glasses of wine with our friends in the square at sunset provided some of our favorite memories!"

Mary

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

So much was covered on this two week tour, from busy cities that I got lost in, to beautiful countryside where I was alone with nature. Andrea and the local guides added so much interesting information that really enhanced the trip. It was a very fast paced tour, with many early morning starts. I would have preferred less sights and more time to savor the experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I walked from Mürren to Gimmelwald on a beautiful sunny day. The views were amazing and I appreciated the company of a friendly cat that came and sat beside me as I enjoyed the sun and rested on a low stone wall. It was an "all's right with the world" moment."

Kate

Robbinsdale, MN

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent group of travelers, hotel choices, meals provided and tour cities Activities included were excellent choices Love the free time. We hiked in Switzerland and biked in Munich. Enjoyed the Roman baths in Baden Baden. Excellent suggestions and help to prepare us for navigating on our own in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Highlights for me of the tour included activities were the Schilthorn and Lauterbrunnen Valley towns, the Mauthausen concentration camp, the Third Man museum, and Lake Hallstatt area."

Mary

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved seeing new places and learning about the history and the people who live there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views-Murren, Schlithorn, and Wengen, in Switzerland were amazing!"

Mitchell

Louisville, KY

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up the gondolas in the Swiss Alps."

Karen

Louisville, KY

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We enjoyed the company of our tour members. The allotted free time was well-balanced with guided tours. We have raved about this tour with our families and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up the gondolas in the Swiss Alsp had to be my "wow" moment. Taking in the beauty of Lake Hallstatt was another "wow" moment."

Adeline

Barrie, ON

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Great group, great guide, beautiful scenery, interesting sights. I've wanted to do this tour for a number of years and it met all my expectations and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be the scenery! The beautiful Alps, but with that also the sobering realization of the amount of glacial melt that has occurred since my last visit to exactly the same place (atop the Shilthorn), 7 years before, almost to the day"

Patricia

Westerville, OH

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful exciting use of my vacation time. It was like every day was my birthday opening a new present of sites, food, music and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren. Sitting in a cafe in Trier talking with a local hearing his very personal story about his 'love for Americans in my heart.' Seeing the baby clothes inmates at a concentration camp crafted for a pregnant woman. Conversation on a bus with a Romanian immigrant. He explained that he learned English from watch American made cartoons with his sister."

Richard

Winchester, VA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely breathtaking scenery, superb German and Austrian foods, beer and wine coupled with some really special activities such as the Mauthausen concentration camp, Casino in Baden Baden and the Trümmelbach falls. We especially enjoyed our free time in Munich and Saltzburg.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A picnic and country hike from Mürren to Lauterbrunnen. Very, very special."

Bret

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The mix of large cities to small towns was just about right. We got to see a lot of sights as well as learn about the extensive history of many places. Our group was great - they really bonded and had a great time traveling together. We even did a side trip with new friends met on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was by far the high point of the tour. Just ascending from the valley floor to Murren on the cable cars was an experience! It was almost like flying away from reality to a different place! The views from Piz Gloria were outstanding (we were blessed with great weather)! We got to do lots of hiking and exploring of the surrounding town. My runner up "wow" moment would be Lake Hallstatt. It was incredibly beautiful and peaceful after the hustle of Munich/Salzburg."

Donna

Seneca, SC

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places where we stayed were varied and very interesting. Our guide, Andrea, was very energetic and friendly. She never got frazzled and was always helpful. Our group seemed to come together quickly and everyone was friendly and helpful towards each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we visited the Alps - both the top viewing and inside the mountain waterfall. Awesome views and experience."

Joyce

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great experience. After traveling to Europe independently on a couple of trips, I wasn't sure how I would feel about a tour. I liked the destinations included in the GAS tour and could see that some of those could be tricky to get to on our own if we didn't want to rent a car, so we signed up. The tour surpassed my expectations and I would definitely go on another tour and recommend Rick Steve's tours to others, if fact, I already have.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 3 days is Switzerland was my favorite. We had perfect weather for our trip up the Schilthorn and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Murren, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen and all the hiking options. The beauty was breathtaking. I'm so glad we had 3 nights there."

David

Sitka, AK

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great experience this was my 9th trip so by now I appreciate the effort that goes into organizing and leading these tours.We has a great group and a great leader.I was on the best of Germany tour last year so that their was a couple of places like neuschwanstein that that we visited ,so Rolinka got me a ticket for the family castle instead .overall great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always a hard one. So if you forget the time Rolinka got us through a traffic jam at a road construction I would have to say it was murren. I'm from Alaska so to see all the infrastructure that the Swiss built in the alps is insane."

Jason

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This has been my 4th Europe tour overall (2nd with Rick Steves) and easily the best one yet. I learned a lot on this tour, more than the local history and more than I expected. The meals, cheese, wine and everything else was amazing. Rolinka is amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either the Schilthorn summit or the North Face Trail in Mürren (both on the same day) - just some legendary views and an unforgettable experience"

Richard

Carol Stream, IL

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well planned and our guide's expertise and knowledge enhanced the overall experience. Most places we visited were wonderful and the local guides provided valuable insight, knowledge and historical information that made the trip more enjoyable. I always enjoyed the Rick Steves shows and wanted to experience it for myself; it was better than I could have imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was probably sitting on my balcony in Murren in the afternoon with the sun shining on the glaciers and mountains. My wife and I felt like we were in a post card. It was just more beautiful and majestic than we could have ever imagined. The entire trip was really a wow moment but this was probably the best."

Amii

Edmond, OK

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was our second Rick Steve's tour; it was just as wonderful as our first. Rolinka was warm and caring about everyone in our group and I feel she went above and beyond to ensure our experiences were top notch; including those on our own scheduled time. I would love to do another tour with Rolinka as my guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose... every stop had its own charm. But if I had to choose, my favorite would be the mountains of Murren Switzerland. We were blessed with great weather so we enjoyed beautiful views of the alps and pleasant hikes in the mountains. The local music entertainment that Rolinka set up fit the setting perfectly."

Alana

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a throughly wonderful trip! Rolinka was absolutely the best. We were exhausted afterwards but had such a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking around Murren was so beautiful. The weather cooperated and it was an incredible few days."

Barbara

Auburn, AL

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful. Our guide was fabulous. This was our first Rick Steve's tour after traveling on our own in Europe with and without using Rick Steve's guidebooks. The attention to detail provided throughout our experience was superb. I would do another Rick Steve's tour without hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our room in Murren....the mountains are spectacular. All of Murren and the surrounding area was a "wow" for me."

Harriet

Corinth, TX

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour, and like the others it succeeded our expectations. Rolinka was a great guide with lots of surprises. Our group was very congenial. We really enjoyed this itinerary. All the countries were interesting, enjoyed all the history we learned from the guides. Rolinka taught us a lot before each city. Loved Mürren and our hotel there. The mountains were beautiful. Enjoyed hiking their. We heard a children's choir singing in Trier in the cathedral, so lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren, Switzerland, going up to the Schilthorn, beautiful views. Watching 4 school girls braiding each other's hair on the Mürren gondola on their way to school. Loved the Mozart concert in Salzburg. Hallstatt was a lovely town to visit and explore. Loved the concert we went to at Musikverrin in Vienna, heard Mozart and Strauss, did this on our own."

John

Auburn, AL

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a first timer this tour was fantastic. We had the best guide of all working with Rick Steves tours! (Go Rolinka) From the first stop to the last it was energetic, at an excellent pace and everyone in the entire group worked so well together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow is spelled Murren! A fantastic place in the mountains with perfect weather, excursions, accommodations, food & fun. And this is from a person who lived in the Rockies."

Alan

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka was a fantastic tour guide. The moment she walked in the room for the initial intro meeting, she had a very joyful & welcoming spirit. That was the tone for the whole tour. We were supposed to have several days of rain, showers, and thunderstorms. Rolinka was organized & had backup Plans A, B & C for whatever the weather threw at us. All days were fun. I am grateful for Rolinka recognizing my wife's Birthday with a card & getting the group to sing happy Bday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to experience Schillthorn on my wife's Birthday. Schillthorn was beautiful with the amazing 360 degree views. Then going down to Birg to experience the Thrill Walk. OMG. That was truly thrilling! Truly made my wife's birthday a memorable experience. Thank you."

Caroline

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was far more than I expected w/ the level of detail, beautiful sites, excellent local tour guides & fabulous local entertainers on our last nights. Rolinka is such a good leader & kept everyone on time & brought out the best in the sites. I am a single woman joining mostly couples but never felt out of place. I am so thrilled to have been in these beautiful countries w/ friendly, courteous locals & to have finally visited my maternal ancestors' countries, Austria and Germany.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the train from Frankfurt to Trier w/ 3 generations of bike riders from Israel & viewing the beautiful Moselle River w/ its winding path past quaint villages. The Disney castle & walking back down to have a "special" lunch Rolinka purchased for us, sandwiches & pastries, to eat by the serene lake. Being in Salzburg & having the apple strudel and coffee where Mozart ate w/ his father, & attending the opera performance in the beautiful room w/ chandeliers & chatting w/ group members."

Deborah

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour and definitely a favorite! Great locations, great food and an amazing guide, Rolinka. She was not only knowledgeable, but also a master at pulling the group together and making sure everyone had a great time. The local guides were interesting and knowledgeable. All the planned activities were fun and interesting, with just the right amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "wow" moments, but my favorite was sitting at an outdoor restaurant in Murren, having a glass of wine and being awed by the beauty and majesty of the mountains. It was an unforgettable experience!"

Kirk

Edmond, OK

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second Rick Steves tour was wonderful. We really enjoyed the tour, guides, driver (Rick) and was blessed with a really fun group. Food was wonderful and the tour was well planned and executed by Rolinka...a really great ambassador of Europe and Rick Steves tours. We're still smiling two weeks later and look forward to our third trip. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren! Absolutely stunning! Enjoyed the hikes, waterfalls and beautiful mountain scenery...Spectacular! Lake Hallstatt was a close second with the boat ride. Loved the views of the lake and mountains from the boat."

Mark

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Rolinka did an amazing job and I would think she has got to be the best tour guide in the Rick Steves organization or at the very least in the top five. Our bus driver Ricky, also did an outstanding job driving the bus. He was also a very nice person and very friendly and easy to talk to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Alps in Murren Switzerland."

Ricardo

Corinth, TX

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded expectations. Wonderful guide. Cordial travel group. Very interesting bunch. We enjoyed the group highlights and enjoyed the free time my wife and I could share.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out my hotel window in Murren, unobstructed view of Riger, jungfrsu etc. so many gorgeous views all over."

Kristin

Auburn, AL

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was magnificent! It was the perfect balance of group time and personal time. The activities were timed out well and lots of fun! The hotels were all very good and the meals provided were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a very hard question to answer. All the countries on the tour (plus our extra days before and after) were new to me. In a way this trip was designed to be a "wow" trip throughout. Getting off the gondola and seeing the view in Murren was certainly a moment I won't forget. The feeling of enjoying Munich more than I thought I would was wonderful. Seeing the postcard picture spot in Hallstatt was amazing and something I looked forward to from the very beginning. And then there was Salzburg!"

Daniel

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is my second RS Tour, so I pretty much knew what to expect. The trip was laid out pretty much. Overall, I had a good time. A bit of a warm time. The ban on food & drink was a serious flaw...reduced our group's ability to interact on the bus and eliminated an aspect of tours I have always greatly enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland. Did a little on our own as we had been in the Lauterbrunnen Valley before. Hans led a great hike and a few of us took a longer route back, including a fantastic schwarzbier in Grindewald."

Christopher

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a good balance of social/cultural and historic. And the choices of cities we visited gave us a good taste of the 3 countries. The number of one night stays was kept to a minimum. I also liked he balance of free time and planned time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen valley and Murren were overwhelming. Pictures cannot do it justice. The Third Man Museum was a surprise. It actually gave me a better perspective on Austria's history. It also gave me a context to why Mauthausen concentration camp seemed like the Austrian's were just going through the motions on confronting their past."

Leslie

Orlando, FL

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was better than we expected. We have used RS books for years and booked lots of hotels, local guides and eaten in restaurants that RS recommends. We wanted to try a RS tour and it exceeded our expectations. We liked the pace of the tour, the fact that all tour guests were able to move at a quick pace, and everyone on the trip was an active traveler and did not fuss or complain. Hans and our driver Richard were both outstanding. They made the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed the hiking in Murren, and especially Murren. This was a true highlight. The hike Hans lead us on was amazing and my personal favorite."

Dean

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. Every part of the tour was organized and we had no mishaps. Hans our tour guide has a great sense of humor and made our trip very enjoyable. He worked hard to be sure everyone was well taken care of and all our needs were being met. What my Wife and I like about Rick Steve's Tours is all we have to do is show up everything is planned and taken care of for you. We get a good history lesson along the way and see many things we may miss if we planned on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bavaria and Austria were very beautiful but the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Mürren was our favorite by far. Until you see the Swiss Alps in person you can't understand how beautiful they really are. Really enjoyed Baden Baden and would of liked a second night there."

Carl

Calgary, AB

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had another great trip. Wonderful tours, history and new experiences. The group we had on this trip gelled almost day 1 and made it an even more enjoyable tour. No grumps, all happy people and for the most part on time.... The tour flowed smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to pick just one. Murren and the waterfalls and the Schilthorn day were amazing. We live in the mountains in Canada so it was fun. The day At Mauthausen was sobering but was one of the reasons I took this RS tour. Salzburg maybe was also a "wow" place."

Cindy

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded our expectations. We had been to the UK twice before, using Rick Steves books to plan our trips, but we had never taken a formal travel tour. We'd had great experiences on our own, so were a little nervous that we would find the tour experience less enjoyable than traveling alone. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our Germany, Austria, & Switzerland tour was better than anything we could have imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the evening in Murren, Switzerland when we heard an alpine horn and an accordion player on the back patio at Hotel Jungfrau. With the Alps as a backdrop, this "surprise" music event was such an iconic Swiss scene that I sat and marveled at my luck to be there."

Janice

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfect from start to finish. The bus, the driver, our guides, the food, the hotels, the tours, the co-travelers, the schedule, the activities. It was like a dream. Thank you so much for putting this together and taking such good care of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The days in the Swiss Alps was like being in a piece of heaven. The Third Man was incredible. The Munich outdoor market was delightful. The beauty of Germany will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Kathleen

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing because of our tour guide's expertise; the planned schedule and the most comfortable mode of travel in a new bus with Will at the wheel. Although grueling at times, every stop along this journey had something to offer with the architecture, history and food. The lay of the land was beautiful, so green and lush there was never a dull moment; only to take in what nature had to offer. The weather was also very cooperative. I was held captive in each location of this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps was my favorite, definitely a wow moment in riding the aerial cableway from one elevation to the next, especially when we were on top of the Schilthorn Mountain; the weather was clear, the views were beyond wow factor. Breath-taking! Murren is a beautiful town nestled among the terraced mountain sides with views of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau; Gimmelwald was an enchanting little village where we hiked and enjoyed lunch at the beer garden enjoying views from valley to mountains."

Elizabeth

Cortaro, AZ

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria was fast paced and fun. We had a wonderful group of people and our guide kept us entertained with stories and laughter. The city tours were very educational and really gave me a feel for each city. Our hotels were very carefully chosen and very convenient. The amount of tour time and free time seemed to be balanced nicely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face Trail in the Swiss Alps is my favorite memory of the tour. The scenery from Murren, Gimmelwald and the top of the Shilthorn is absolutely breathtaking."

Ruenell

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time. Donald White was an excellent guide, very witty, knowledgeable, mellow and yet very organized as well. I have wanted to visit Germany for a long time and the experience exceeded my expectations. We had a full group that got along well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's got to be the Schilthorn. We got lucky and the visibility was excellent the day we went up."

Todd

Springfield, IL

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every detail of the tour, big and small, was presented and executed perfectly without any glitches. Our Rick Steves guide (Donald White) was extemely experinced. His personality, attitude, and demeanor made the entire experience outstanding. W He knew when to lead, follow, and even be one of us.e were very lucky anwead a wonderful group of trco-avelers. We learned nemany w things at many sites and saw amsome of the most azing scenere. TAll we experienced started right outside our door. Thanks e

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. Start to finish. Each local guide used brought a very personal part of their life into their tours. "Wow" they are clearly meant to do what they are doing. Thanks for sharing them with us."

Joseph

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great tour. Our guide, Donald, was superior and of driver, Will, was excellent. The locations, especially Murren exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Murren and the surrounding area. The Alps was beyond compare. Riding up and down the gondola lifts, the skyline walk in Birg, and going to the top at Schilthorn presented a unique travel experience."

Alice

Yuma, AZ

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a bit frustrating getting from Frankfurt to Trier because we had not been there before, didn't really know what to expect & didn't speak German. After the tour began it went smoothly. We loved seeing the countryside and walking through the various towns. Ere was enough free time that we didn't feel constrained to a rigorous schedule. There was variety in the places we visited & loved eating dinners in the local towns. Totally appreciated that there was breakfast each day in the hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the countryside in Switzerland, then staying in Murren felt like the top of the world. We had dinners together, special entertainment and plenty of free time to hike & ride up & down the alps. The weather was beautiful and tptally enjoyed Murren & the alps!"

Philip

Naperville, IL

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations. Beautiful weather helped, but the pacing of the tour, and the balance between expertly guided (including locally hired guides) and "time on your own" seemed optimal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were breathtaking, over and over again."

Eric

Valencia, CA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fun. The tour people were great and the sights and places were amazing. I liked seeing the little shops and eateries. I'm glad I studied the RS guide book before the trip and added the interesting locations onto my GPS because your free time passes quickly and you can miss a lot if you don't know where things are. I also stored the locations of patisseries in the cities we visited. You can't see or taste pastries like this where I live in Valencia, CA.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tara took us on a hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. This was not a scheduled part of the tour but an option on our free time. I'm glad I did this hike because it had the most spectacular views that I saw for the whole tour. I would not have known about this hike unless I did it with Tara. Also, in Friedrichsbad, under the tasteful guidance of our leader Tara and arms over each others shoulder, the tour formed this great naked bacchanalian circle and sang, "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah"."

TJ

Fredericton, NB

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really couldn't have been much better. Tara was spectacular, the group was great and each day was pretty well perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren in Switzerland. We had a rainy day that we went to the falls in the mountain and then walked with our ponchos on on a valley walk and then the north walk from above Murren. Was so great."

Monica

Jamaica Plain, MA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour overall. I saw many remarkable places with a wonderful group of people. I learned a lot about Bavarian history/ culture, saw the breathtaking Swiss Alps and enjoyed the high life of Salzburg and Vienna. I also enjoyed the side trips: to Burg Eltz, the Black Forest Open Air Museum, the Mauthausen concentration camp, and the lovely Lake Hallstatt. While there was a lot of structured tour time, there was also enough unstructured time for us to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved our stay in Murren, Switzerland. Spectacular views of the Alps. Tara led us in several wonderful hikes. I also enjoyed Salzburg and Vienna. I loved the Mozart music dinner in Salzburg and was amazed by Vienna's architecture. I had not realized it was on a par with Paris."

Matthew

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was amazing. Tara was an outstanding guide for the whole tour, and all of the local city guides were very well informed and educational. Our only complaint is that we didn't have more time. We could've easily doubled our stay in all of our stops and still have had things we wanted to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one. From the ancient Roman structures, to the medieval history, to the stunning Alpine views to the WWII stories. Each of the locations had all of their own moments. But if I had to pick just two, it'd have to be the Porta Nigra in Trier and the Mozart Concert dinner in Salzburg. But there are so many runners-up that I could spend all day listing"

Christine

Valencia, CA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My tour experience was very nice. The hotels were very clean and all offered a wonderful breakfast. While at times it felt a little hectic. There where days when we needed to be on the bus at 7:45. The breakfast room didn't open until 7, which left us 45 min to eat and grab our suitcases and go. An hour before bus departure would have been fine. That being said the overall experience was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During our free time in Murren our guide Tara offered to guide us on a hike. It turned out to be my "wow" moment. The farmlands and the view of the Alps was spectacular. We would have never found this on our own."

Ann

Greentown, PA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hi Rick & Tara, Sharon Archer & I are combining our reviews of our recent GSA trip with Tara. We loved the trip, the provided experiences, included dinners, mode of transportation, etc were all most enjoyable. The trip was definitely exceptional thanks to Tara's skills as a guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Sharon & Ann - the moment we arrived in Murren, and especially when the sun came out on Thursday! The hiking we did in both the rain & the sun!"

Michael

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Plain and simple, our guide Torbin made this trip outstanding. Kudos to Torbin for being an awesome guide and even better human being.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren Switzerland, breathtaking!"

Sharyl

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we were apprehensive. But, we could not have had a better experience! We met lots of friendly people, learned a lot and ate great food. Our guide, Torben, was fantastic and took great care of our large group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a 360 degree view of the Alps from the top of Schilthorn under a gorgeous blue sky."

Karen

Hyde Park, UT

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. We went to such wonderful places and I feel that this tour provided just what I was looking for to see and do. It was a very active tour and I came home totally exhausted, but I really enjoyed every minute of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola up to the Schiltzhorn on the Swiss Alps and just standing there taking in the beauty of the Alps. It just couldn't have gotten any better than that."

Krystal

Stansbury Park, UT

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on this tour! I knew what the itinerary was but I didn't really appreciate how many places we were actually going to see until we were there. It was just amazing! The tour gave me a taste of each of these countries and now I want to go and see more!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one! We were lucky enough to have clear skis all three days we were in Murren. Going up to the Schilthorn and being able to see all the way out and all the way down was quite breathtaking :)"

Lisa

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Torbin, set the tone immediately for a very friendly tour. Our group was cohesive, polite, timely and very considerate of each other. That's always helpful! Torbin's knowledge was incredible and his delivery of both history and tour "housekeeping" was always spot on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow was definitely Murren. The raw beauty was breathtaking. Torbin led us on a wonderful hike to give us a perfect experience of being in the Alps. We had wonderful conversation throughout the hike as well. We so enjoyed seeing the cows and hearing their bells. We also enjoyed the challenge of the hiking. It was an unusually hot day and the hike itself had some elevation, making us work for our experience. Loved it!"

Joseph

Princeton, MA

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful in every way. It went far beyond my expectations--the wonderful sites, museums, restaurants and tour guides. All were outstanding. Torben Brown was great. He was solicitous for all our needs. He went out of his way to see that I had a vegetarian meals at every restaurant. Plus, he gave us valuable lectures and info about every city and site we visited. Great tour, all-round.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps, visiting some of the great museums with guided tours, and the restaurant meals. Wonderful!"

Ellen

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being a part of a tour group is a crap shoot, yet we feel that we won the lottery with this group, and Iris had a lot to do with that. The GAS tour was a perfect tour for our 1st Rick Steves tour. Rick Steves & his cohorts in crime didn't miss a single detail in making sure that we were safe, comfortable, and even pampered with every step of the way. Every aspect of the tour went beyond our expectations! We cannot, in good faith, think of anything that went awry.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Third Man Museum & its back story, its history, and the aftermath of the premiere of the film was astonishing! Gerhard put 22 years of blood, sweat, & tears into this museum based on a strong recommendation from a British tourist many moons ago. Then Rick Steves saw it & proclaimed that this museum MUST be put on the agenda. The Third Man movie & the museum is rich in knowledge, memorabilia, and emotion that affected a few of us to the point of having a side discussion in the museum itself."

Michael

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and Iris provided great maps and fantastic bus lectures. I really enjoy learning about the places we visited along with the art, history, and politics. It was like a semester of history in two weeks. Our group was great, our guide was great and our driver Wim was wonderful. We loved each location and would have liked more time in Halstatt, Munich,Switzerland and Salzbug. I guess that means we will have to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland with my lovely wife Veronica was the highlight. We hiked the North Face Trail, the Mountain View Trail as well as the trail from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. Halstatt was also spectacular it was so serene sitting on our balcony after the day trippers left listening to the lake kissing the shore. We actually loved all the locations and would go back to any of them. This was a great tour!"

Eric

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded Expectations! I expected more of a "Bare Bones" tour. This was NOT the case. Our tour was packed with History, Awesome Experiences, very nice hotels and many Surprises. The tour also matched up with the way we like to explore: walking the cities. Iris was a great tour leader. Efficient, Friendly, Approachable and full of surprises. Wim the bus driver was amazing. All of the local guides were fantastic. It took several days for our group to gel, but we were a great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Everyone" say Switzerland, but Trier is my WOW moment. It is a great city, loved the churches, Porta Negra, and walking the town. There's so much personality here. And Burg Eltz (yea I know it's out of town). Beilstein was a great stop as well."

Richard

Princeton, NJ

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best Rick Steves' tour that I have been on.With that said I wish the tour was 15 or 16 days.The tour was too compressed to fully appreciate some of the places that we stayed. I wish we had more time in Murren & Munich.I would have forgone one of the castles tours to spend more time in one of these places.I stayed an extra day in Vienna and it made a big difference in being able to slow the pace down and really savor this beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the Schilthorn in Switzerland .We were so fortunate to have a morning with perfect visibility and weather."

Robin

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Iris, our tour guide, was very organized & kept our group moving at a pace I appreciated & enjoyed. She explained to us often that by arriving at various locations earlier rather than later we would have a better experience-less crowds. Iris included several surprises in our trip which were delightful & unexpected. I appreciated all of the history Iris shared with us during our bus rides. Overall it was an amazing trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein Castle. This is someplace I have always wanted to visit so to actually be there and take the tour through the castle was my wow moment."

Paul

Elk River, MN

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've never had a bad Rick Steves tour experience. This is our favorite way to travel! We'll be back for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We still are in love with Murren and it's beauty. I also really enjoyed Salzburg. There was a lot of variety there. I'll need to go back to catch the rest of it!"

Julie

Torrance, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our GAS tour this year. Our guide, Iris, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I very much appreciated getting to venues before they were overrun by other tour groups, such as the Trummelbach Falls and Schilthorn/Birg. The castle tours and museums were very interesting, and the restaurant choices wonderful. We'll be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering Switzerland, and seeing beautiful emerald/aquamarine lakes framed by the Alps."

Sarah

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well beyond my wildest dreams!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren. If at all inclined, go paragliding! I know, not Rick Steves recommended, but it was amazing. All the hikes in that area were magical, I definitely would like to spend more time there."

Janet

Greer, SC

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I appreciated the beauty of southern Germany, the grandeur of the Alps, the bustle of cities. This was billed as a very strenuous tour and it was indeed. But not in the way I thought. I was not prepared for the very long days of bus travel, then a walking tour of the city, and a the very late evening meal. Breakfast was often at 7 and then on to the tour. It was very exhausting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were incredible. When I opened the doors to my balcony at the hotel and saw the view outside my door, it brought tears to my eyes. Truly spectacular,"

Marea

Haverford, PA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour, I thought the pacing and the places that were included were excellent. (Except Hallstatt - I didn't understand why we spent so much time driving and stayed a whole night there, I'd have stayed in Vienna another night and done a day trip to a small village that wasn't so crowded.) I liked our guide as a person, but had trouble enjoying the trip with her leading, since she would often shame us and behave defensively. (More on this below.)

Marcella

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding itinerary but too aggressive; no time to enjoy being there. Days too long; evening walking tours covered same places as local expert tours the next day; late meals often some distance from hotel. Except in Switzerland, no time to enjoy the environs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Awesome scenery and lovely cities."

Ken

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As expected all very beautiful countries with incredible history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed our time in the Swiss Alps. Living in the Pacific Northwest we are used to tall mountains but that was a whole different level of majestic scenery."

Kirsten

Reading, MA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour surpassed my every hope for it. My partner, his two kids, and I had been dreaming and planning on a trip to Germany for a couple of years, and we luckily landed on this tour to make it all happen. The trip was a perfect mix of adventure, history, art, outdoor hiking, wandering, food and drink, and social mixing. It can be hard to please a group of four people of different ages and interests, and this trip exceeded each of our expectations! Our tour guide, Hans, was truly fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I thought that hiking in the alps with beautifully belled cows was already the "wow" moment, I was more blown away when the cows were happy to have us pet them AND then that we were able to drink milk and eat cheese from those VERY cows at a lovely mountain-side farm "cafe." I have never in my life tasted such delicious milk. I would happily go on this trip again for just this moment. (And all the other amazing moments too!)"

Billy

Eddy, TX

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide, great hotel locations, great selection of sites, great transportation. Only complaint is that hotels should offer fans for each room

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monsee Catgederal"

Patricia

Berkley, MI

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed our GAS tour which was our first Rick Steves Tour. The locations were beautiful and I enjoyed the learning element of the tour. The pacing was fine for me. I didn't mind having to be up early because on those days you could always take a nap on the bus. I am a traveler who wants to get the most out of my trip with site seeing and Rick Steves provides that opportunity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland hands down. I felt like it was not real it was so gorgeous not matter where you looked."

Beth

Schenevus, NY

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour with Matti in Germany,Austria and Switzerland was very enjoyable in every aspect. We had a great group to travel with !!! The hotels were nice, yet each very different. There were some lovely surprises in the foods we were to taste (wild boar,pancake soup, tender venison, the best wines,and of course, gelatto,etc.) The weather was lovely and Matti was a superb guide in so many ways!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to pick just one ?!? Murren, in its majestic glory, yet peaceful small village setting, is never to be forgotten.Our beautiful stroll down to Gimmelwald, a village where time seemed to have stood still. The close-up views of the Alps from our hotel balcony were awesome, with paragliders sailing by daily, and the church bells ringing. Just getting up to Shilthorn's top was an adventure and the views were spectacular !!! Trummelbach Falls were unforgettable !!!!! Mauthausen !!"

Lisandra

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the mix of big cities, small quaint towns and spectacular landscapes. Our guide Matti was exceptional. He shares personal experiences and perspectives that greatly enhanced our understanding of German culture and traditions. What a fun, joyful group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking around Murren - home to the luckiest cows in the world! Absolutely stunning scenery."

Amanda

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was better than I had ever expected! I have been planning this trip for 8 years and it was absolutely amazing! Our group was like family and when the two weeks were over, it felt like we had known them forever. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and I loved hearing all of his history lessons. The countries were gorgeous and I learned so much about them. The hotels were all very nice and the food was delicious!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland for sure! Being around the Rocky Mountains most of my life, I thought I knew what mountains looked like. There is no comparison with the Alps! Truly spectacular! Staying in Murren was my wow moment. Just walking through the village and looking at all the views was something I will never forget! Taking a nap and then awakening to the church bells was like something from a movie."

Jennifer

The Dalles, OR

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves Tour, and an incredible experience. The group was fun, easy, and cohesive; the itinerary exceptional, and our guide Andrea the best---her knowledge, spirit, humor, and enthusiasm were amazing. (Our driver Jos was a delight as well, navigating the lengthy, and often tenuous, times on the bus expertly.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up each morning in Murren to savor fresh Mountain air and the sun on the spectacular snowcapped Alpine peaks...and standing in the rain in Hallstatt eating a still-warm, just out of the oven, delicious/delicate/mouthwatering pastry!"

When To Go & Weather

Any time between May and October is a good time to take a Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland tour. However, the months of May, June, September, and October are best for combining the convenience of peak season with generally good weather and lighter crowds. Summer, while the most crowded, has the best weather.

Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


Austria / Vienna

Vienna 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 Frankfurt am Main (FRA) and out of Vienna (VIE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. The Frankfurt airport will have the most direct flights and requires a three to four-hour train ride to Trier, where the tour begins. Alternatively, you can fly into the Luxembourg Airport (LUX); a train from Luxembourg's central station to Trier is about one hour. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

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