• 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
    Hofburg Palace in Vienna

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Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour

from $3,795 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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On this 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! 

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2019

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    • Sep 17–Sep 30 (Tu–Mo)
    • $4,195 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Trier walking tour • Beilstein • Burg Eltz Castle • Baden-Baden casino • Black Forest Open-Air Museum • 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 • Hofburg Treasury…and more
  • 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
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

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. Sleep in Trier (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Burg Eltz Castle and Trier

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. Then we'll drive along the hill-hugging vineyards and villages of the Mosel Valley, stopping for lunch together in the über-quaint village of Beilstein. Nearby, we'll stretch our legs with a walk and tour of mighty Burg Eltz — Europe's oldest castle still in use as a residence. We'll return to Trier for a free evening to explore more of this pedestrian-friendly town. Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Baden-Baden Beckons

Our destination today is the old resort town of Baden-Baden, famous for its mineral baths and games of chance. Upon arrival we'll tour the ornate casino and take an orientation stroll through the town. You'll have the rest of your day and evening free to "do the spa" (with or without your swimsuit), wander along the shaded riverside promenade, or hike into the surrounding hills. Sleep in Baden-Baden (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: light.

Day 4: Black Forest and Beyond

We'll start our day with a scenic drive to the Black Forest Open-Air Museum. Here we'll have a local guide walk us through the preserved farmhouses and mills, giving 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, have dinner together and sleep (3 nights). Bus: 6 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Hike in the Swiss Alps

The day is all yours. You may want to join your guide for an optional mountain walk...or ride the gondola lift up to the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet, loiter in the thin air, and find your way back to Mürren...or take a narrow-gauge railway up the other side of the valley to Kleine Scheidegg, near the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau peaks. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

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. Bus: ½ hour. Walking: moderate.

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 and sleep in Munich (2 nights). Bus: 7 hours. Walking: light.

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 and learn 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. No bus. Walking: moderate.

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, then (weather permitting) drive to a nearby luge course for a ride on a tiny sled with wheels 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. Sleep in Salzburg (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

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. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Austria's Lovely Lake District

This morning we'll make our way to the 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. Sleep on Lake Hallstatt (1 night). Boat: 1 hour. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

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 tour through historic Vienna, including St. Stephen's Cathedral. Your guide will discuss your best bets for dinner on your own. Sleep in Vienna (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

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 the elegant Opera House (when available), and the Hofburg Treasury. Your afternoon is free to explore another world-class museum or two, or slow down to 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! No bus. Walking: strenuous.

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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"."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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 :)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Jerald

Greer, SC

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our time in southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Highlights of the trip for me were the times in Baden-Baden, Mürren and Salzburg. I enjoyed these places more than the big cities of Munich and Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting of the bus and looking up at the beauty of the Swiss Alps and then riding the cable car up to our hotel in Mürren. Also arriving at the rope of Schiltorn and seeing the grandeur of the mountains all around us. A close second was enjoying the dinner/concert in Salzburg. Loved the opera!"

Gary

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great tour which we enjoyed. The food was great and the things seen awesome. The bus driver (Jos) was wonderful.Here are a few criticism: * I'd rather have spent one day in Trier and two days in Baden-Baden. * The accommodations and food in Hallstatt were sub-standard. * Some of the days were excessively long. And then when we arrived in a new city, the "orientation walk" was long which made dinner too late. And then the guided tour the next day was repetitive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren!!"

Susan

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall tour experience was very good. We saw some absolutely beautiful places. It was more beautiful than I imagined. It was a very active tour which I knew but some days were very long and finishing dinner late was common.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren"

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,"

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."

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.)

Monica

La Grange, CA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exactly fit my hopes and expectations. I wanted to learn about the history and cultures as well as see beautiful scenery. I enjoyed both the rural areas as well as the cities. The tour structure and pre-trip info on the website made the trip very easy. Hans was a great tour leader and very helpful on anything I needed. We had a great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the art and architecture that has survived the destruction of all the wars in the areas."

Sandra

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The high heat had a definite effect on my enjoyment of the tour. As someone who loves photography, it would be helpful to have a guide of our walks. Later, when I look at my photos it's hard to remember what was what. All the guides were excellent. My second tour and again a nice group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt! COOL and great photography!"

Jeffrey

Reading, MA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

THE TOUR WAS GREAT AND A JOY TO DO WITH MY FAMILY. I COULD SEE HOW A DIFFERENT TOUR GROUP MAKE UP WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE EXPERIENCE SUBSTANTIALLY. HOWEVER, WE HAD A GREAT TOUR GUIDE IN HANS, AND OUR GROUP WAS FILLED WITH AMAZING PEOPLE. WE TRAVELED WITH ADOLESCENT KIDS AND HANS' APPROACH WAS "SPOT ON" AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A DIVERSE AGE RANGE TO COMPLEMENT OUR FAMILY CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT MAY NOT ALWAYS BE THE CASE

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TOO MANY TO COUNT."

Dennis

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg"

Robin

Centreville, MD

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I loved the itinerary, especially the Alps. Hans was less than personable and by the end of the trip was still confused about group member's names. He often called us by incorrect names. Questions about the region were frequently answered with, "Ah, I'll get to that." But were often unanswered. He said at the beginning he was laid back, he seemed to have checked out and it made since when he said this was his last year doing tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were amazing! Walking between villages and the breathtaking scenery. The village of Mürren is beautiful, I loved all the flowers and gardens. We went paragliding and it was incredible to sail through the sky and past the waterfalls."

Barry

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour. While the other groups were fun, this group really bonded - everyone could hang out with anyone! The tour itself was fantastic. The Alps were spectacular and every town we visited had highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps was an amazing experience. Something about Munich really connected with me. Our local guide Mikael was incredible."

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!)"

Mary

Ceres, CA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a dream come true in so many ways. I truly loved every minute of it-even the heat wave! This was our first tour and time went by so quickly that I was really glad we had signed up for a longer trip. I loved that we really learned about the culture and history of every city that we visited, and that Hans made sure we had the tools to move about independently in such a quick fashion. The almost instant camaraderie we found with everyone on the tour made it a complete 10!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely our time on the Schilthorn!"

Hui-jung

Kent, OH

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the third time my husband and I travel with Rick Steve Europe Tour. Two weeks with Miss Andrea Wolf was the best travel experience ever ?? . Miss Wolf did her best to fulfill the whole trip with professional passion. Thank you Andrea ?? You are auwsom ?? .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was the history of the documents collection in "The Third Man Museum" ! My major in college was movie production. I do respect Mr.Gerhard's hard work and devotion. I also in love with the " antic movie projector " . It is truly A pice of ART!"

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."

Kathleen

Longmont, CO

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland Tour met all of our expectations and more. It was as described on the Rick Steve's website and sales literature. The itinerary, tour guide, bus driver and fellow travelers made for an exceptional experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The itinerary was a perfect combination of cities and places of natural beauty. The beauty of Switzerland is something to behold."

Margaret

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea was amazing, tour was amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in Murren"

David

Longmont, CO

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having traveled on our own for some years we decided to "try" a tour. We chose Rick Steves after some research. Our experience was a pleasant surprise! To some it up: Fun, educational, active, sand exhausting. The straight forward heads up from the organization that this would be rather physical and demanding was right on. Our guide (Andrea Wolf) covered all the details so well that that we came away with a great deal of satisfaction and appreciation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time in Switzerland was incredibleI. In spite of a record heatwave the group marched on and absorbed the majesty of the surroundings."

Janette

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour! Andrea was an outstanding guide, as were all the local guides. I appreciated her being so open to answering questions about different topics. The only downside for me was the very hot weather with no air conditioning in most hotels. It would be to have a fan available, sleeping was difficult. I realize the weather was beyond your control. I think 2 nights in Lake Hanchett would have been great. It is a beautiful peaceful place but not enough time to relax and enjoy it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Schilthorn was fabulous! The whole area is beautiful and the view from our room was awesome."

Ralph

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th Rick Steves tour and we're already starting to think about which one will be number 9. Our tour guide deserves much of the credit for making it an outstanding tour. Andrea was especially good at providing us with the historical background necessary to understand present-day Germany and her native Austria. She used the time on the bus wisely to provide that and other information about our destinations and to answer our questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments. For all-out spectacular scenery, the Swiss Alps win. For an unexpectedly fascinating museum experience, the Third Man Museum and its founder get the prize. And for great cities in which to wander around, I'd nominate Munich and Vienna."

Mike

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was great, our tour guide was great and our bus driver was great. We will remember it forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps"

Kathleen

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This part of Europe is especially rich in 20th and 21st century history, as well as gorgeous scenery and wonderful food. It was a delight. The guide was terrific in giving us a good history lesson as we went along. She also provided useful and interesting information about present day situations. Our bus driver was also extremely nice and a very safe driver and very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are quite a few. I would have liked to stay in Halstatt for another day. The salt mine tour was really neat. I found the concentration camp experience very moving and am glad we went. I would not have done this on my own. Munich was the biggest surprise. I really liked that city. The gondola up to the top of the mountain in Murren was also really cool."

Ronald

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting tour with great variation of activities. Donald, our guide, is excellent and was so helpful (and funny!). As always, the folks who sign up for RS tours are lots of fun and from different backgrounds. A great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. The Alps in Switzerland (on a clear and sunny day) were magnificent. So was sitting at a small beirgarten in Gimmewald sipping on a Black Monk local beer (from a 15th century recipe!) looking up at the actuall Black Monk peak."

Sally

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful mix of experiences from Roman sites to WWII and modern Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Alps (on a clear, sunny day)! But maybe drinking in a small biergarten looking up at the peaks while enjoying a craft beer made from 15th century recipe---probably the best beer on the trip!"

George

Waterville, OH

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with a great guide and a good group. This was my first experience with a tour. It was nice to have many of the travel details addressed and to be able to relax and enjoy the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour covers a variety of experiences from cities to the Alps. My preference is for scenery and I greatly enjoyed my time in the Alps."

James

Nottingham, PA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations, particularly our time spent in Mürren Switzerland. An excellent guide, beautiful locations, fun experiences, a tour group that got along very well, and comfortable accommodations made our tour a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the Schilthorn above Mürren were awesome."

Elizabeth

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. The variety of places we visited gave me a fantastic introduction these three countries along with their past. I am left with such a desire to see more! We were busy all the time without pressure to do anything we might not want to do. My husband and I did it all! The mix of tour time with personal time was just right. I loved getting suggestions of different things to do on our own. We took advantage of many of those suggestions and thoroughly enjoyed our time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is extremely hard to come up with a favorite "wow" moment since one of my favorite words as we traveled the three countries was "wow"! I think the three nights in Murren were wonderful. We were blessed with spectacular weather the day we went to the Schilthorn. We did some hiking and walking in the rain while seeing waterfalls everywhere. Trummelbach Falls was another highlight of our Murren stay."

Neal

Andover, KS

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the Alps. We were very fortunate to have clear weather when we went up to the top of Piz Gloria!"

Greg

Springfield, VA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything advertised and more! Had a great time, got way too much exercise (smile), and enjoyed the balance of both group activities and the flexibility to go out on our own. We had a great group of travel buddies and a terrific guide (Thanks, Donald!) Our bus driver was outstanding as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was particularly looking forward to the Switzerland part of the tour and our stay in Murren. I was not disappointed. The Swiss Alps, the surrounding countryside and small villages are so impressive and authentic. Certainly my favorite "Wow" experience of the tour. Not many other places where you can look out your window and see three beautiful mountains and several magnificent waterfalls tumbling down their faces right in front of you."

Robin

Andover, KS

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour! I enjoyed the mix of cities and nature sights. We learned a lot about the history of the countries we visited. Our guide was great and our tour group was lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the biggest "wow" for me. We had an amazingly clear and beautiful day at the summit of the Schilthorn, so the 360 degree view of the Alps was incredible. Then we hiked the North Face Trail from Murren, winding through some of the most magnificent scenery I've ever experienced, listening to the cow bells and watching the paragliders soar through the valley. It was my favorite part of this tour!"

Connie

Nottingham, PA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I can't imagine having a better experience with nicer people who seemed to be just like us, active, and and personable. " no winers". The tour produced everything that was advertised and more. Our tour guide Donald was fantastic in all respects. He gave us ample choices to try on our free time and of course how to get to them. Could not ask for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps was no doubt the WOW. The ride from the valley floor up to Mürren and the view from our hotel balcony was unbeatable... we thought until we went up to the Schiltorn on a cloudless sunny day and was then able to hike to Gimblewald in the afternoon. Could have stayed in Mürren for many more days I think."

Gail

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour and it won't be my last. Love the company policies & how they are put into practice with promises fulfilled. This tour had a great balance of urban & rural locations. The confidence gained on previous tours allowed me to enjoy my free time fully. The combo of group time with guides & personal time to explore independently allowed for lots of personal growth. I love that our hotel locations are so thoughtfully selected for easy access to sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow this trip was an increased understanding of the parallels of European history to current events in America. Beginning pre- tour in Amsterdam where I toured the Anne Frank house on what should have been her 90th birthday, then local guide Birgitta's descriptions of the rise of Hitler & Nazism in Munich, our visit to Mauthausen, and local guide Gerhard's Third Man Museum ~ all set against the news from home of the horrendous conditions of the migrant camps on the US southern border."

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 !!"

Patricia

Wexford, PA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Murren."

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

Somerville, MA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour. It had all the special things I've come to expect from Rick Steves tours like the small towns, highlights of big cities, and amazing local tour guides.What made this tour stand out was the group of people I was traveling with, especially Matti.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps! Definitely a "Sound of Music" moment."

Carol

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an amazing tour, thanks in large part to our guide, Matthias Unger, who brought history to life every day through his story telling and sharing. There was a good mix of scheduled tour time as a group and independent time. The orientation tours by local guides were consistently good. The restaurants chosen for the group dinners were consistently good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in the Hotel Jungfrau in Murren and looking out the window to see blue sky and the vista of the Eiger, Monch, & Junfrau. I could wake up to this every day and still be in awe of it. Murrren, the Lauterbrunnen valley, Switzerland generally were beautiful and on my list to revisit."

Susan

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful and enjoying experience seeing all the sights, soaking up the culture and truly being in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. I never felt like a "tourist" instead I felt like I belonged to this part of Europe. Matti did a wonderful job of giving us the feel of the places and culture we visited. It was just the right amount of tour group time and individual time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides Matti's operatic voice, it had to be the quartet concert in the Mozart Hall in the Mirabell Gardens in the Salzburg."

Drew

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible tour with an amazing guide (Matti Unger), a great group of people and absolutely fantastic scenery. The group jelled from Day 1 and helped make it a lasting memory. Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria provided unforgettable landscape views and pedestrian zones.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt it was the entire stay in Murren in the Swiss Alps. Actually living in the Alps for three days and soaking in the views, hiking and riding the gondolas was a lifetime memory maker. Honorable mention goes to the Alp Horn concert in the Alps on the last evening in Murren. An Asian couple staying at the hotel also sat in on the concert and joined in the conga line at the end of the performance!"

Noah

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was amazing. Each location visited was well thought out with a specific intent in mind which contributed to a very thorough dive into the culture of these three countries. The tour members made this trip amazing because of their personalities. Also, our guide Matti was very personable and his stories and perspectives made him very enjoyable and an amazing guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment from the tour was getting to listen to people from Mürren play the Alp Horn and the accordion while seeing the Swiss Alps in the background."

Lina

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Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overview of southern Germany, the Swiss Alps, and Austria. I loved learning about the history and politics of the area - our tour guide, Matti, was really amazing, and the city tours with local guides were fantastic. Our tour mates were the best! I wish that we could have spent an extra day or afternoon free in each town, but it was a "best of" tour. I will just have to come back to Europe. I think that we visited a few too many castles, but they were all pretty cool.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved looking out the hotel window and seeing the Swiss Alps. The view was ever changing due to the clouds and the angle of the sun, but it was never boring."

Erin

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 3rd Rick Steves tour & we're looking into what our 4th will be. The tours never disappoint, we enjoy the organized, authentic behind the scenes glimpse of the locale. We decided on the tour fairly late & love the fact that Rick Steves makes it so easy to travel. I enjoyed the mix of hotels, whether in the inner-city, a Senior Community Living Center or quietly nestled on a lake across from the touristy area. We really lucked out with our travel mates this time, a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is really a tough choice, so many fantastic experiences. I'd say lunch at the best viewpoint table at Rudolf Sturn Restaurant, Welterbeblick viewpoint is pretty hard to beat. Yet, I felt the most relaxed at Lake Hallstatt, and loved wandering the Swiss Alps (reminded me of the our experience in the Italian Alps)."

Luis

Cypress, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour - excellent organization and coordination, good balance between guided tours and "free time", beautiful and interesting places, good diversity of places visited and associated activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, but I still smile while thinking about those Murren water falls."

Steven

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a few words, Exceeded Expectations, and ours was already pretty high. Our tour guide Matti is the best. Having lived and breathed there his whole life and his ability to relay his experiences along with the extensive history story telling is amazing. All of the city guides were top notch too. Trier, Munich, Salzburg, & Vienna city tours were well worth it. A great travel group that went through the Rick Steves sieve was special too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My special moments were many having taken 3K photos on the tour but I can't narrow it down to one but can do it in two. First, the Swiss Alps from Murren were breathtaking, and we enjoyed a full 3 day window of good weather - spectacular. The second was just before breakfast at Hallstatt Lake in Austria were even though I had my Fujifilm gear with me, the most fantastic image was capture with a phone camera of a swan family with the clinging low level clouds on the sides of the lake/mountains."

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."

Alicia

Cypress, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! I love it. Amazing people and outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt"

Aubrey

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS Tour; last year we did the Best of Scandinavia. The GAS Tour was a similarly-outstanding experience: great guides, driver, hotels, meals, mix of urban and more rural locations... The RS Tours do a great job of facilitating European cultural and historical familiarization in every location. Guide Matthias "Matti" was awesome: always cheerful, caring, calm, and helpful. He is a great communicator. I really appreciated the optional hikes and walks that he led.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the Swiss alps was even better than I hoped for!"

Laura

Maitland, FL

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! I feel like I have a good understanding of these countries now. I feel more confident in traveling there on my own now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the origin and history of the Nazis explained right where it happened. Also learning about the rise of the European Union and how it operates today."

Marianne

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic.

William

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The choices of cities/towns/places to visit, hotels, places to eat, etc were individually great. But - more than that - sharing all of these new and exciting experiences with the like-minded members of our group, coupled with the professionalism and fun of our guide (Torben) and driver (John), made this tour what it was. And it was almost a perfect combination of hand-holding and letting us go. If you need any more evidence that Rick Steves tours just work, this is it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the, literally, breathtaking first views of the Alps when we arrived in Murren, Switzerland. The entire 3 days felt like we were walking through a National Geographic magazine spread."

Francis

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the cities and sites but found the time in the bus excessive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the Weiskirche very moving. Looking at the Eiger and Jungfrau from our Hotel was awesome."

Jeff

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was/ our second tour and again were very pleased. This is a busy tour with a lot of travel, but we never felt rushed or too much bus time. Of course you always wish for more time at each site and this tour balances the time very well. We really enjoyed our group and because we worked together well we had "extra" time that allowed us a stop in Lichtenstein. The tour is a nice mix of large, medium and small cities as well as urban and natural environments. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow day in Switzerland started off in complete fog so instead of going up to Schilthorn we went to Trummelbach Falls as a group. The skies cleared and we had a beautiful walk to and lunch in Lauterbrunnen. With the skies clearing our guide got us passes to Schilthorn that afternoon. We stood in clouds for an hour but got our grand view of the alps when we stopped at Birg on the way down. Then we took the train to Grutschalp and walked back with a awesome picnic at Winteregg. Spectacular."

Ronald

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of this tour was stress free and terrific

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland"

Ann

Norfolk, MA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My feelings are somewhat mixed. I greatly enjoyed the first half of the tour (Trier, Baden Baden & Murren and the travel in-between). The second half of the tour (Munich, Salzburg, Lake Halstadt & Vienna) also had many positive aspects, but it was hard to leave the Alps! The geography of this tour was spectacular - the roaring glacial rivers, the lakes & mountains, and the wildflowers! Our bus driver, John, was fabulous - and we felt very safe with him at the helm!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments! But spending 3 days in the Alps tops everything! Waking up each morning to a view of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau was spectacular! Hiking on the North Face trail where we encountered snow-cover was both challenging & exhilarating! The views from the top of Schilthorn breathtaking! Wildflowers were abundant & beautiful as were the cows."

Cynthia

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st tour and I was extremely impressed with how knowledgeable the tour guide was. We had no problems with driving and were always on time. Everything that was suggested turned out well. Would do tours again because I didn't not gave to do anything but show up and have fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg was amazing"

Cynthia

Lynn Haven, FL

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all I had hoped and more!! We saw such beautiful scenery, our activities were enjoyable, our group was wonderful company, and our guide Rolinka was beyond words remarkable!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though more than one moment, my favorite wow moments were being in Murren and the area around it."

Rose Mary

Arlington, VA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fifth RS tour. This was the best due to a tremendous guide, compatible group, and very fun places to visit. This itinerary was great, but Rolinka added more. We felt that the effort to go to Neuschwanstein was not worth it. Crowds and a long wait for a very short (30 minute)tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had never seen Switzerland. It was "wow" from the moment we saw the snow-capped mountains and water falls. Going to the top of the 10,000 ft mountain was thrilling. The meadows with the flowers and cows were so peaceful and charming. It is good that this destination is not overcrowded--it is serene and calming."

John

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great tour. Everything went very smoothly. This was my ninth RS tour and I definitely think this was our best guide and the most cohesive group. Our guide was very flexible and shifted some days around due to weather, crowds at some attractions, highway conditions, etc. I really enjoyed the itinerary and would strongly recommend this tour to anyone considering a visit to the areas visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While their were many "highlights" on this tour, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening dinner/opera performance in Salzburg. Apparently this wasn't part of the tour but offered by our guide for a very reasonable price as an option. Everyone on the tour signed up and it was a huge hit."

Patricia

Pembroke, ON

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 2nd tour and we love the balance of booked/organized tours as part of your day and the free time. This tour did have a lot of time on the bus not sure if train could have been used in a couple of spots to get more actually viewing of places. The 2 hour maximum of sitting on the bus at a time is nice but a couple of days were long, though when trying to cover area in 3 countries it is a hard balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland going up to the Apls to Schilthorn peak. And later that day taking the little the train and then walking all the way back to Murren."

Carol

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful tour guide & great group of travelers (lucky us!). Blessed with great weather, all in all, although my packing skills were taxed when it heated up in Vienna. I wish all guides apprenticed with Rolinka, so many extra info bits made traveling easier. Our 9th Rick Steves tour & she taught us new skills, this after using RS books for 10 years, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from Schilthorn on a perfect day was a "wow" moment, especially walking out on the Thrill Walk at the Birg. The view when I came around the corner just hit me in the face; even though I had been up on the top platform seeing Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau, to see the entire valleys spread below with the snowy Alps above---wow!"

David

Cumming, GA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great locations. Saw many things that we would have to rent a car to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the view of the mountains in Switzerland. All three major mountains- Schlitzhorn, Eichner, monch, and Junfrier"

Larry

Philomath, OR

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour. The cultural experience, history and landscapes were outstanding. The camaraderie of our tour group was enhanced through the sharing of experiences and the leadership of Rolinka.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was most impressed by our 3 day stay in Mürren Switzerland. The natural beauty, history and cultural experiences will be remembered for the rest of my life."

Lorne

Pembroke, ON

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful panoramic mountain scenery In Murren."

Denise

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!! We have traveled with 2 other tour groups and our first time with a Rick Steves' tour. The Steves group is better: Starting with the "buddy system" great way to meet the group and it moves the group quickly at each stop. Members of the Steves tour were independent, friendly and always wanting to learn about our surroundings. Although, we could have skipped seeing the Neuschwanstein castle and gone to Berchtesgaden instead. We would have liked to have stayed in Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was being in Murren. Of course it helped that we had a beautiful clear sunny day. We were so glad that the day was independent and we could spend as much time at the summit of Schilthorn as we wanted."

Brenda

Southington, OH

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I barely travel so this whole experience for me was just fantastic!!!! Everyday was a WOW and an exciting adventure for me. The scenery was beautiful and the group and tour guide added to this whole trip. It was a wonderful, wonderful trip. I thought the boxes that we used to hear with our earphones were so beneficial to the everyday functionings of the events and information from each stop. Just a tremendous experience for me! Outstanding!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a WOW, but I enjoyed Bavaria, the 007 exhibit in Schilthorn, the scenery, the Mozart dinner theatre concert and pretty much EVERYTHING!!!!! It was just such a natural high for me and I was so thankful I was able to go. The flexibility of the daily schedule was good. I liked having extra time to go and do as pleased."

Pauline

Pembroke, ON

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had our first experience touring with Rick Steves last year doing The Best of Spain. It was so wonderful that we were prepared to be a bit let down for GAS. On the contrary, this trip exceeded any expectations we had. We appreciated Rolinka's organization and knowledge, Ricky's driving skills, the camaraderie of our fellow travelers and the beautiful and interesting places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, having read through the guide book, I was excited to visit the Baden-Baden spa but I didn't. And then I thought jumping off a mountain would happen but it didn't. A free afternoon was spent riding the narrow-gauge railway from Murren to Grutschalp and walking back on a trail through meadows and forests with amazing views of the mountains and valleys.It took my breath away and although it wouldn't be considered thrilling by many, it was my "Heidi" moment that I will always cherish."

Tom

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides were very well informed about the cities and sites we visited. The time on the bus was nicely divided with breaks either for the restrooms or a short visit to a particular venue for lunch or to site see. The cities on the tour were probably cities I may not have chosen, but that was because I didn't know about them. They turned out to be excellent choices to give the true experiences of the countries we visited. There wasn't anything that I would change about our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think everyone was "wowed" when we saw Rick Steves checking out sites in our area. But I was really impressed by the opulence that the Hapsburg's built and with which surrounded themselves."

Ellen

Ames, IA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Andrea, was truly exceptional - a keen intellect with a mastery of European history and politics. The tour members were all punctual and very cordial. And, the sights we saw, and the experiences we had, in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland were amazing and memorable. The whisper devices allow everyone to hear the guide, which is so very important. The local guides, without exception, were excellent. Joe, our driver, was a true professional. Thank you RS for another great tour!

Timothy

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well designed and organized. The guide was very knowledgeable and managed the day to day operation of the tour very well. This tour covers a lot of territory so you will get a sampling of each of the stops but it's not an in-depth visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the Alps visit in Murren. It's just what I always thought the Alps would look like. We were lucky enough to get good weather and sunshine."

Timothy

Richmond, VA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was incredible! My wife and I are so happy we [INVALID]ed this tour. The destinations, the hotel locations and the excursions were awesome. We felt there was a perfect balance of group activities blended with individual touring. Additionally, Andrea was a fabulous guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up on a sunny crisp morning in the Murren, Switzerland. It was stunning to see the beautiful snow capped mountains of the Swiss Alps right outside our bedroom window."

Carolyn

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour included a nice mix of group activities and time to explore on our own. The historical, cultural and practical information provided by our guide was invaluable in helping us make the most of our time. Andrea is extremely knowledgeable and has a way of communicating information to travelers in a way that creates intrigue, understanding, fun and respect for each locale we visited. There were also some fun surprises along the way. Hotels were in the best possible central locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was absolutely taking a gondola to Shilthorn and experiencing amazing views of the Alps on a clear day."

Thomas

Oil City, PA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time with a group of wonderful people......

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Rick in Mürren was pretty cool......Any view in Murren"

Amy

Oil City, PA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip from beginning to end. This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was better than I expected. We had a great guide, bus driver and group. Every day was a new adventure. Being in city centers gave us a lot of chances to explore on our own and the city tours gave us good ideas of what to see and do. I also liked the mix of tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren was my favorite and we had a perfect weather day to go up to the Sheilthorn and to hike. We topped our day off with accordion and alphorn players."

Eugene

Naples, FL

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very happy with tour guide, Andrea, and local guides as well. Bus driver was an extra plus to our enjoyment. Good location of hotels in old historic parts of city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Swiss Alps"

Mary Ann

Naples, FL

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed our tour guide Andrea.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful Switzerland (and paragliding)"

Pat

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was hesitant to join a tour. Much to my relief the tour was the best way to enjoy this vacation. The tour group was fun loving and most enjoyable to be with for two weeks. Andrea, our tour guide, is the best. This is an active tour, but with time off to explore on our own and catch a few naps. Each location had something different to offer and so many memorable experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the initial meeting with the tour group, we were asked what each of us desired from this tour. I said I was looking forward to "experiences". And that is what I found. The Alps, of course, are at the top of the list with a nice walk to Gimmelwald and time spent at a sunny family owned wine garden. The majesty of the whole area is indescribable."

Kayleen

Nibley, UT

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour was well organized. A variety of attractions was planned for each country. The tour group was the right size, 27 people, which made it manageable and nice to get to know the people you were travelling with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my husband paraglide in Murren Switzerland."

David

Nibley, UT

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truly a wonderful experience. The Swiss music event at the Jungfrau Hotel in Murren is something I will remember forever. Listening to the Alp horn music while gazing at the snow covered Alps and drinking a cold beer under a blue, cloudless sky was sublime. Worthy of mention is hiw great our tour group was; everyone seemed to get along so well making the tour pleasant! Wish we could somehow replicate that "vibe" on every tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding through the Swiss Alps while staying in Murren. CAUTION: Not for the faint of heart or someone with fear of heights! :-)"

Bob

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 2nd RS tour. I have confidence and trust that RS will [INVALID] (along with our guide)the best locations giving great balance for our experience. Andrea was an excellent guide as well as Jos our driver. Andrea had many surprises for us. What really made it special was our tour group. We had an energetic and exciting group which helped to enhance the tour. We all were flexible and met the challenges each day. The weather was mostly very good. The dinners were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was great. We had two sunny days which made our gondola rides great especially to the Schilthorn. Just walking to Gimmelwald was so relaxing with the scenery and cows. Loved Gimmelwald and the beer garden. The Mozart concert and dinner in Salzburg was wonderful. The Salt Mine in Lake Hallstatt was interesting."

Danielle

Brecksville, OH

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was wonderful, thanks to our guide, Matti. Guides like him are the reason I take RS tours more often than traveling by myself. You get more out of the places you visit when someone is always helping you make the most of your time with their insight, knowledge and experience. I so appreciated his talks on the bus between destinations: engaging, thoughtful, intelligent, relevant. Our driver, Sylvain, also deserves a mention for his many efforts to keep us safe and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour was one wow moment after another, as I've been all over Europe but not to GAS. It'd be easy to cite the beauty of the Alps and Hallstatt, the vibrancy of Munich, or the culture and elegance of Salzburg and Vienna, but honestly, my favorite moments occurred while interacting with people. The Germans, Swiss and Austrians all were so helpful to and patient with this non-German-speaking American, and I don't just mean hotel/shop/restaurant workers, I mean everyday folks as well. Lovely."

Jenifer

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful! Matti was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the top of the alps near Mürren."

Daniel

Missoula, MT

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour included parts of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We covered a lot of territory in 14 days, but we wanted it that way. We didn't feel hurried or stressed, and it did not feel like we spent too much time on the bus. Our guide, Matti, was excellent, keeping us informed and occupied. His walking tour were very informative and he provided good recommendations for things to see and do in our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We shared many memorable moments with our fellow travelers, but the "wow" moment for me was hearing Matti sing! (He used to be an opera singer)"

Margaret

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the swiss alps both in the valley and between the towns in the mountains. I also loved the market in Munich and the beer gardens."

Raelene

Wheat Ridge, CO

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS trip and it was just as great as the other two. You can count on the format of RS tours being basically the same but each trip has it's own uniqueness. Matti and our driver Sylvain were wonderful and handled everything so well. I am sure we were kept blissfully unaware of any problems. One day when we had to make a detour as roads were closed because of bad weather and rock slides, they kept us informed and assured us that it would be handled and it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland, a small group of us were walking the trail between towns. We all were admiring the view across the valley of the Alps when suddenly an avalanche came down the mountain. I live in Colorado and have never seen an avalanche up close, which is a good thing by the way. We were a safe distance and this was spectacular and something I will never forget."

Richard

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On a scale of one to ten our trip was one million. Each day was memorable, made so because of Matty, our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First time catching a view of the snow covered Alps."

Michael

Florence, AZ

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our host Iris was a delight, the swiss alps were beautiful. our bus driver Rick was the best ive ever been with. could have lived without orientation walks in the pouring rain. no complaints about food or long bus rides very comfortable bus. Everybody on the tour was nice. Cathedrals are amazing i saw things i never thought to see like Burg Eltz and the Mad Kings Castle. I had a great time. Iris is cute too

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Burg Eltz"

Thomas

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Iris was superb. She patiently kept us moving on schedule. With wet and cold weather on most of our tour, she put together alternative activities and sites to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was standing at the window of our room, looking at the Jungfrau half covered by clouds. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the scene and how we are a small part of a big and beautiful world. I can't wait for my next RS tour next year."

Stephen

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a good tour with a good group. I enjoyed the itinerary. In retrospect I think I went too early in the season as the weather was cold and wet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had wanted to see the Jungfrau, the Monk and the Eiger for years so being able to do so was a highlight."

Jerry

Springfield, OR

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a 5th RS tour participant I am convinced these tours are the "best bang for the buck". Our tour guide (Iris) guided us through sometimes difficult weather conditions with excellent support for all members of the group. Her historical-political-cultural interpretations of our visit was extensive, fair, and insightful. The Bus travel (and excellent driver, Rick) was comfortable and enjoyable. The local guides, as always, were top-notch. A self-organized tour would not match these logistics!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As any former Rick Steves alumni knows, the itinerary does not leave any excess time at any one location so the 3 days in Murren was quite welcome to "take a vacation from the vacation". Beautiful surroundings, quiet pace yet plenty to do, and 3 whole nights in one place!"

Judy

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was so full of interesting sights and information, beginning with Day 1. The local guides were very knowledgeable and were really enthusiastic about their cities. Our group meals were fun, and special to each location. The trip was a great blend of history, sightseeing, fun, terrific food, and friendly people. I would have liked to have had more time in Munich and also in Vienna. There is so much to see at those places and we just didn't have enough time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it is difficult to choose. I enjoy history, and this trip had plenty of Roman ruins, cathedrals, and palaces, castles, and interesting and beautiful places - I can't choose just one - every day had a "wow" for me."

Jeanne

Springfield, OR

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful tour, excellent guide and driver. Much to everyones dismay,we,experienced much wetness and cold, but Iris was able make everything happen, even in the snow. Real only complaint was how often my husband and I got the very noisy and poor view rooms. Over all wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moments were the Luge ride and visiting the Alps. Omg....so awesome. And the village in Murren, so,quaint, quiet and beautiful, especially when it snowed, and riding the gondolas for,transportation. And the guest music players. And so much more!"

Piper

Sparks, NV

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We enjoyed the beauty and history in every place we stayed. The tour was a nice pace with plenty of time for relaxing and time on our own. Iris, our guide, was wonderful at orienting us to each place. We really enjoyed getting to know our tour group and felt comfortable with everyone. Our driver, Rick, was very skilled and made us feel safe. Iris was a delight with her competence, patience, and sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be honest it was the pastries and great quality of food everywhere. Even the highway rest stops had delicious food. The scenery in Murren was breathtaking and we loved when it snowed unexpectedly. I loved how Munich had a small town feel."

Pamela

Hanford, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with a wonderful guide. Iris Andre was knowledgeable and very personable. We enjoyed her stories, cultural and historical knowledge. Would live to have her as guide on another trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Burg Eltz"

Brendan

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw numerous exciting places and tried many different foods. We had the opportunity to experience the culture of these three countries. We had suprise performances and delightful company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mondsee provided the most breathtaking sight. I couldn't help but to basque in the sight. I sat in front of the lake with the mountains in the background for what felt like an eternity."

Susan

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour leader who gave us history, political thought, fun places to go on our own and a lot of energy! Liked the way she handled sensitive issues. She did so many special things for all of us despite the bad weather. Loved the itinerary (the reason for our trip) which was strenuous but very fulfilling for a person of my age. Excellent, well placed hotels. Would liked to have spent another day in Munich. Seeing and walking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley matched and surpassed my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing and walking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley...so spectacular! Another was at Mauthausen Concentration Camp. How could we have let that happen?!?!? Left a profound impact on me. The final was at the Mozart dinner. What a charismatic female operatic character! She had every male there totally charmed and hanging on every note or word, and the woman enjoyed her ease, simplicity and flirtiness. Very good food too. So much beautiful music that I hadn't heard before and completely enjoyed!"

Elizabeth

Charlestown, MA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was not exactly sure what to expect, not having gone on a tour, although I had traveled extensively throughout the world, with my husband. He died some months ago, making me promise to keep living and traveling. The tour was extremely well planned, with ability to change when conditions required. Over all, it was excellent. I had some unexpected experiences that were wonderful. Iris encouraged us to test our limits, but also gave us confidence and reassurance when needed,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick, but I think the Mozart evening, dinner and concert, in Salzburg. That was amazing. The setting, the food, and the spectacular music made this an evening I will not forget."

Susan

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We always have fun on these tours; this was our 7th tour and the best part is all the wonderful like-minded folks that are attracted to the RS programs. We had toured the GAS area before but it was interesting to learn more facts that we had missed when we traveled independently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt. I loved the small town atmosphere and would have loved to enjoyed two nights there. Unfortunately, with only one night, we dropped into bed and packed up the next AM. Murren would be a close second with the gondola ride up the mountain with the quaint cottages dotting the hillside."

Anthony

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the cities. Loved the guide(Andrea).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mauthausen."

Donald

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our seventh Rick Steves' tour and was done as well as we have come to expect. This company seems to have a knack for attracting people who are willing to get along with others and just want to have a good time. That and their good leadership and thorough planning make for a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even with the rain and snow we had in Murren, the views were gorgeous closely followed by views at Lake Hallstatt. My wife and I travel to enjoy different cultures and have new experiences. The baths in Baden-Baden definitely qualified as a unique experience so it was time to push the limits of our comfort zone and take the plunge as it were. It was an interesting adventure that actually has minimal real risks."

Irene

Puunene, HI

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The travelers, Andrea, & Yost (motor coach Driver) were all part of this fabulous 14 day experience. So, for me it was the people, and connection that was made along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting out in nature and enjoying the views. Climbing to the top of church towers, waterfalls, hiking in the snow in Murren, Switzerland."

Alicia

Beaumont, TX

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely well organized, informative, and fun! We were blessed with a great group of participants who embraced the Rick Steves vision of travel. There is just the right balance of group vs individual activity and meals. Weather was interesting, so if you go GAS tour in early May, prepare for anything and everything! We had almost a foot of snow in Murren!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of "wow" moments, with the obvious "wow" being the scenery itself! Murren is beautiful, but was nudged out by a hair by Lake Hallstatt ~ simply GORGEOUS! Baden Baden turned out to be an unexpected favorite, and I didn't gamble or partake in the baths."

Daniel

Everett, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Andrea was excellent and was able to give us so much history of the German region. We loved all of the places we visited as well as our accommodations. The only thing I would've liked was an additional night at Lake Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Switzerland!"

Holly

Friona, TX

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea,our guide, was knowledgeable in the places we visited & in the history of each. She gave us good, clear directions & information about getting around & seeing the sights. Our group was very fun & respectful to each other. No one was late or grumpy. The hotels were clean & accommodating; furthermore, the group meals were all excellent. I have no complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the landscape driving between our destinations was breathtaking, but I especially loved Baden Baden & Hallstatt. I would have liked to be in both of these places 2 nights instead of one. There wasn't enough time to tour the salt mine and look around the town before the stores started shutting in Hallstatt."

Daniel

Rockford, IL

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the trip was outstanding. Though the weather was challenging, locations were beautiful, the local guides were excellent, Yost the bus driver always drove safely and was fun, and our guide Andrea was a delight. A perfect guide. Prepared, knowledgeable, friendly, anticipating everything. I've been in parks and recreation for over 40 years, some of that time managing tours, and she was the best I've seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think when the sun came out following a cold, windy rain when we were in Lake Halstatt. We really didn't know how pretty it was until the sun came out. Then, it was glorious. Beautify lakes, majestic mountain, and incredible skies. I would have loved to have had another night in Lake Halstatt. I would have easily traded the "day on our own" in Murren for a day hiking in Lake Halstatt."

Donald

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with my first Rick Steves tour. The itinerary was well selected and the tour was well organized and run. Our guide was second to none and even our driver was great. I love the way the educational aspect of the tour was interwoven with the pure scenic beauty and culture of the destinations. We'll definitely be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to pick between two. It is hard to beat the Lauterbrunnen Valley after 12 inches of new snow on top of new green grass. The majestic mountain peaks are simply awesome. Also, Lake Halstead is one of the most beautiful little towns I've ever seen. Where are the real estate guides??!!"

Carol

Richwood, TX

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the locations and hotels much more on this tour than the one I took in 2003. I thought all of Germany, Austria & Switzerland were beautiful and our stops had tons of history and beauty. I think Andrea did a fantastic job of giving us history and current information about each country, which helped to bring things alive when you saw them. The tour members in our group were fantastic seasoned travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps are the highlight for me. The natural beauty of this place cannot be described. Even though we had snow, it was magical."

Cheryl

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had exceptionally great weather. That was the icing on the cake since just about everything we did was fun and interesting and totally worth doing. I liked the mix of hiking (sixty-three miles in our 14 days according to my pedometer) viewing museums and art galleries and lots of wonderful musical encounters. We had fun, got to know each other and were totally entertained. What could beat that?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had visualized walking in the hills above Murren on a beautiful blue-sky day and had exactly that experience twice during our tour. It was deja vu in the very best way possible! Other highlights were being offered an opportunity to play an alphorn during a presentation and listening to an amazing zither player (who studied with master Anton Karas) during our last evening in Vienna. The Mozart dinner was accompanied by amazing musicians and voices...totally worth the time and cost."

Susan

Cookeville, TN

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Rolinka is a most excellent guide, knowledgeable, professional, friendly with a sense of humor. The sites wonderful. The hotels were all very nice & clean. The coach pilot was a very professional driver & kept the coach clean & tidy at all times. Great time & money well spent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, there were a lot of WOW moments but I thought the Swiss Alps were absolutely amazing. Everywhere you looked there were mountains & it was just beautiful. I loved it."

Roger

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was generally very happy with this tour. My focus was on the historical and social fabric in these countries, and the tour gave me the opportunity to gain insight and understanding as to how and why Europeans who were at war with each other have managed to combine their interests for the common good. Rolinka is an exceptional tour guide. She was flawless in her preparation, knowledgeable in her presentations (I have a strong background in European history and speak German.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In order of importance: 1. Hallstatt, not so much for the beauty of the scenery as for the background in Celtic culture. 2. Vienna, for the perspective on Austrian Naziism and the museums. 3. Trier, for the Roman bath ruins and the basilica. 4. Berner Oberland, for the extraordinary site and scenery. The side trips to Malthausen concentration camp and the Vienna "Third Man" Museum were particularly valuable."

Joseph

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I think there was too much emphasis on the structures and not the scenery, except for the Switzerland time. There is was all scenery and nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the scenery we drove by may have been my WOW. I certainly liked the Alps. And I had a great time eating and drinking in cafe's curb side in Vienna."

Andrea

Covington, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. My only complaint is that we did not have enough time in Munich and Vienna to fully embrace those great cities. My husband and I did spend an extra day in Vienna after the tour but Munich is kind of a blur. In Hallstatt it would have been nice to stay in the town. We had a lovely lunch there but only had a half hour when we were done to catch the bus to our lodging. Our only other choice was to stay another 2 hours which would have been too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite destination was Murren Switzerland. We were lucky because the weather was perfect for hiking. The views are amazing and I loved the little villages. I liked that we were able to spend several days there to really relax and enjoy our little village."

Nancy

Pullman, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka is an excellent tour guide. I can't say enough good things about her. All of the additional guides we had in specific cities were great too. I learned a lot. Tour was well organized. Our bus driver, Will, was fabulous. All in all we had a good experience. I think the ranking of the tour as "strenuous" is accurate. There is a significant amount of walking and stair climbing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Swiss Alps the most. Don't know how you can beat those views!"

Steve

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Great tour leader. Wonderful local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps and the mountain top village of Murren."

Rick

Oak Park, CA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beverly commented for the both of us! Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and Hallstatt."

Timothy

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all I could have hoped for. It was well organized, and our tour guide was entertaining, knowledgeable, professional, and went out of her way to make sure we all had a fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the top of the Shilthorn in Switzerland was the most memorable. The view was spectacular, and the ride was thrilling."

Karen

Littlestown, PA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time with your company and will definitely go again. I stepped outside of my comfort zone for sure but enjoyed every minute of this trip and our guide was awesome. She was very helpful in getting me a single room as I was so sleep deprived after the first week I thought I was going to have to come home-lesson learned, I will go solo next time. I can't say enough about our bus driver Will-very helpful and attentive to his flock.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps. The lifestyle, the people and the beauty."

Jan

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! We saw and experienced so much in the two weeks of the tour. We had a great guide, and I loved all of the towns and cities we visited. There were times when we only "scratched the surface" on some of the towns, so hopefully we will return. This trip just makes you wanting more from each city. Weather was fabulous in early October, and our accommodations and group meals were fun and good. Our local guides were informative and interesting. And our driver was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved hiking in the mountains around Murren Switzerland so much! And after we got back from a hike, we saw the most amazing double rainbow I've ever seen! It went across the Jungfraumonch mountain range and into the valley below! We loved Salzburg and Vienna as well. Beautiful cities and so much to see!"

Beverly

Oak Park, CA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never traveled on a tour before, so we really didn't know what to expect. Our guide Rolinka Blooming was wonderful. Every day was planned out perfectly, she kept us all moving expertly. We were busy morning until night with a wonderful mix of history and sightseeing. We were never hungry. Our stops were timely, so we were well fed and had enough time for rest and sleeping. We enjoyed the others in our group, and had time to get to know everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed Switzerland! We love the outdoors. And Switzerland definitely wow-ed us. We did a couple of amazing hikes, and enjoyed every minute. We also absolutely loved Hallstatt. What a picturesque setting. The boat ride was a wonderful introduction. I had wanted to see a couple of castles, so that was a highlight. I'm glad we went to the big cities, however we enjoyed the more quiet places more."

Sandra

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really like having a coach big enough to spread out! Thank you. I must be getting older, but I find 1 night stays very tiring. Is it ever possible to have more 3 night stays with side day trips? Less time is spent packing, unpacking and orienting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning views of the Swiss Alps and walking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley to the musical accompaniment of tinkling cow bells. Also, the wonderful concert with the Swiss Alpine Horn and an opportunity for me to blow it!"

Sherrie

Simpson, SK

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply amazing! Rolinka pulled out all the stops to make it a wonderful experience. The information shared was fascinating, and relevant. Made the sites we saw have all the more meaning. Rolinka managed to take a group of 27 strangers and created a group of friends on holidays. And how she managed to orchestrate the cattle coming home from pasture, just as we got off the cable car in Murren is nothing short of Magic ??. Great people, great food, great adventures . Danke schoen

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps."

John

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never visited any of the three countries so this was a good way to see some of each. I learned a lot about the history of the region and its rulers. We got to see big cities, small cities, towns, and countryside. The food and the beer were good - I don't drink wine much. The mixture of intense touring followed by relaxed coffee breaks or meals seemed about right. I probably enjoyed our time in Murren the most of all because I love mountains and hiking. Excellent sunny weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps in sunlit glory as we drove toward Murren and many times later from our hotel room deck, hiking, and from cable cars. The glacier carved valley is nearly as stunning."

Terri

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an amazing study in contrast on so many levels: geo-political history, great art, music, a sobering concentration camp visit, incredible scenic countryside, and local cuisine and beers. Locals were warm and friendly, and our "tour group" was especially cohesive . Our guide, Daniela, was well-educated, well-spoken, and informative, she did a terrific job of guiding us with a balance between leading and encouraging independent curiosity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow-moment for the senses was taking a gondola to our unique hotel in Mürren, perched on a hillside on the Swiss Alps, at night seeing incredible stars and hearing the cows with their cowbells. There was the "ongoing" wow-moments of learning about contemporary German-Austrian-Swiss history, connecting the dots of history between these countries and their roles throughout history and during wartime crises. With good food and drink to go with all of it!"

Kathryn

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe so we felt a tour would be the best way to go. We have been watching Rick Steves on PBS for years so were familiar with him. The attention to detail was beyond our expectations. The sites (Murren, Lake Hallstadt, Eltz Castle) AWESOME!!! Having Daniela coordinate our city tour and helping us find our way around in each location gave us the confidence to wonder around on our own. Great combination of structure and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow...so many....gondola ride to Murren and seeing the Alps, getting on the boat on Lake Halstadt, walking out of our hotel in Munich and walking into the square. Enjoying the market in Trier. The Aula Palatine being the largest span built by Romans without pillars. (we got to Trier early and got to go inside before our tour started), Trummelbach falls"

Ralph

Port St Lucie, FL

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed it very much. Saw a lot, learned a lot, overall a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss alps. Beautiful. Murren area was the greatest. Enjoyed weather and scenery."

Robert

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it was also a great experience. We enjoyed the historical perspective provided on the trip along with the current challenges facing Europe and the World. We were fortunate to have an adventuresome group that took full advantage of all that was offered. Daniela did a great job of providing options for us during our free time days, it was very helpful and most of us took advantage. Her knowledge of Germany, Austria and Switzerland was a real plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In addition to the beautiful experience in the Alps, Octoberfest was a high point. Daniela was masterful in getting us into the Hofbrau tent and landing us tables in a reserved VIP area. The experience was beyond our expectations and to our surprise, in addition to great beer the food was excellent."

William

Tomahawk, WI

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very educational & fun as expected. Maisie Hitchcock, a very well prepared + organized tour guide made it an unforgettable trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alps in Switzerland. City of Murren + the hiking trails."

Christine

Greenport, NY

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first ever trip to Europe . We chose a Rick Steves tour because of the promise of quaint hotels, the ease of many meals included, tour transportation included , plenty of the sites that we wanted and free time for exploring on our own. We also liked the "no Grumps" policy and small group size. An added bonus was the wonderfully congenial and organized tour guide Maisie who gave us lessons on history, culture, and politics of the country we were about enter. We want to go back !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As other have said, so many; the antiquities of Trier, the "old castle" of Burg Eltz, the mountains, pastures, and cows of Switzerland, the sheer grandeur of the Alps, the culture of Salzburg, the fun atmosphere of Oktoberfest and the Bavarians that we met, the lushness of the Bavarian countryside, beautiful rebuilt cathedrals, quaint village streets and markets, the sadness of the concentration camp. The beauty and elegance of the Salzburg Mozart dinner/concert had to be my favorite "moment"."

Ross

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely LOVED this tour! It was my first Rick Steves tour and I wasn't sure what to expect but I was blown away by how extraordinary our experiences were and how easy it was to travel together in the group. I could have stayed an extra day in Baden-Baden I think though - didn't quite get enough time to see everything we wanted there!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Friedrichsbad Roman-Irish Baths in Baden-Baden was my favorite part of the entire tour. HIGHLY recommend that people do this! Americans coming on the tour may feel hesitant because we are generally pretty prude when it comes to being naked, but I think if whoever the tour guide is for the tour can ensure to the group that the naked part is NOT a big deal and everyone there is totally relaxed and non-judgmental, then more people would do it! Murren/Schilthorn was probably a close second!"

Gail

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful vacation as well as an adventure. Everyday there was another surprise... another beautiful sight to see -another unplanned experience. Maisie, our guide, was terrific, our group was so much fun, and the tour itself went smoothly. I wouldn't suggest even one little change. I've been on a number of RS tours; they are all carefully planned so that not a moment is wasted. This particular tour is busy and more physically active than some. After all, we were in the Alps!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of them! and there were lots of wowie things to tell friends when I got home. One great surprise, though, was the 3rd Man Museum ;)"

Sheila

Chesterton, IN

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best vacation I feel I ever had. I had never gone on a tour before but a relative had gone on two Rick Steves tours and recommended the experience. I think it was a great blend of guided tour, but allowed enough free time for one to explore on their own as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure I can limit it to one moment. I enjoyed Munich the most, especially with the Octoberfest activities. I would say WOW about our Guide, Maisie. She was absolutely wonderful."

Cheryl

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. Maisie Hichcock did a fantastic job leading our group. The locations were absolutely breathtaking, the hotels were great, the meals were wonderful & the people on the tour were delightful. Also a huge shout out to John the bus driver. He did a fantastic job driving and is a sweet man. He took very good care of another tour mate who got very sick & had to be taken by helicopter off of Murren to Interlaken. John went w/Chris to the hospital to make sure she was ok. So sweet

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Murren!! The area was absolutely breathtaking and the timing could not have been more perfect for us. The walk from Murren to Gimmelwald to a Biergarten was amazing!!! Experiencing the traditional mineral bath Friedrichsbad Spa in Baden Baden was also a very big highlight. We had to get over our fears of being naked to do that place but it was well worth it to experience such immense relaxation. Going to Octoberfest in Munich and seeing Neuschwanstein castle (which were dreams for us)!"

Susan

Indianola, IA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the variety of activities included and the add-on opportunities. Our tour guide, Iris, did a good job of orienting us to the language and customs of the locals. This was especially helpful in Munich. Thought the accommodations were very comfortable. The cities seemed dirtier and less exciting overall compared to some of our other RS tours. Maybe this is just my preference for smaller cities and the countryside?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the highlight for us. We went paragliding and this was a thrill on a gorgeous day. (I know...not part of the tour) I was also impressed by the small herds of cattle grazing on verdant pastures. Although we ate lots of pork, never saw pigs out in the countryside.... Murren was stunningly beautiful. Loved traveling through the Rhineland. We spent a pretour day in Bacharach and it was charming. Swiss chocolate is addicting!"

Chris

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another outstanding Rick Steve's tour. This was our fourth and certainly one of our favorite tours yet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to list two favorite moments: Mürren was spectacular and the perfect weather certainly helped. Experiencing Oktoberfest in Munich was also a highlight."

Lynn

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I loved out GAS trip, the most valuable experience we took from our trip is the history of the country's we visited. It was extremely nice to have a person from the city we visited give us our daily tour, it gave us a feeling of how the citizens communicate and live. We also found it helpful to know the culture when we were touring the city on our own. We also enjoyed our dinners together with the group, it was nice to see what other found interesting to listen to their stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Swiss Alps they were beautiful, I think that was my wow moment. We also loved the pup in Gremmelwald, we spent a few hours down there."

John

Choctaw, OK

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great verity of travel experiences in one vacation. We were treated to amazing cathedrals, wonderful mountain scenery, excellent food, the fun carnival of October Fest, and grimmest history you can ever see. Enjoyed everyday of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not the usual Rick Steves fare, but the visit to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp is a day that will always remain in my memory. It's one thing to read about the holocaust, but it's quite another to actually see one of the camps. Also sitting down in a beer tent with 7,000 or so other happy people is moment not to be missed. Recommend the Augustiner."

Scott

Moorhead, MN

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour! Enjoyed the whole trip, and would definitely do a Rick Steves tour again. This was my wife's second RS tour, my first. I would definitely recommend to my friends to book through RS! It was nice to have everything done for us. All the reservations of hotels, meals and the transportation. RS took care of all the worries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my Wow moment was when we were in Switzerland. The scenery was breath taking! I loved having to use the trams to get to Murren. We took the North Face hike, it was so much fun! It would have been nice to actually have one more day. Loved it!"

Barbara

Marthasville, MO

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well organized and was a great introductory experience to the locations on the itinerary. It was a good mix of countryside, small cities and the major cities of Munich and Vienna. Given the number of places visited, it's essential to have an organized and knowledgeable guide. Iris did an outstanding job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was "wowed" by Vienna and can't wait to return. Even though Vienna came at the end of trip, I found that I was energized by the city and the opportunities for experiencing the arts. One day was just too little time to even scratch the surface. I regret that we weren't able to stay longer in Vienna and would recommend that anyone with the time and flexibility to do so, book a couple of extra days."

Gary

Marthasville, MO

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A really good tour only slightly diminished by a couple of rainy days and some long stretches on the bus. Got just what I expected: a nice introduction to cities and towns in each country along with some of their culture, provided in the typical Rick Steves style that facilitates planning for future independent travel in the areas visited. The introductions and orientation walks on this tour were particularly strong and useful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thought for sure it would be Switzerland (outstanding) until we got to Vienna, which was so much more interesting than I had expected it to be. Just fell in love with the city, its scale, its art and its architecture. Return is a must."

Jamie

Barrington, IL

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third RS Tour and, like the others, it did not disappoint. The itinerary was packed, the pace was fast, yet there was plenty of time to also explore places on your own. Our guide, Iris, was fabulous - and, let's face it, the guide can make (or break) the tour. It's a hard job herding 24 people with different wants/needs/levels of independence. She did a masterful job and always maintained a delightful sense of humor. This tour was truly the experience of a lifetime for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sooo hard to pick just one moment. I had two personal goals on this trip: to hike in the Alps, and to experience the music of Mozart in Salzburg. I got to do both and they are memories that will stay with me forever. But if I had to pick one thing? It would have to be Switzerland. "Heidi" was my favorite childhood book, and Murren and the Alps brought it to life all over again. What a beautiful, serene, idyllic country! It didn't hurt that the weather was outstanding. And those cow bells..."

Yvette

Moorhead, MN

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was a good pace. Great mix of small villages and large cities. Got a taste of each country. My favorite thing about Rick Steve's tours is that the morning is structured and the afternoon is generally on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was arriving to our hotel in Murren by gondola. The area is truly stunning."

Judy

Choctaw, OK

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, thoughtfully planned every step of the trip, wonderful experiences and interesting and tragic history. Also fun moments and beautiful sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The full moon shining over the Swiss Alps."

Elaine

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a good tour with an experienced guide. In order to cover so much ground in just14 days, Iris kept us organized and informed. The local guides, as always on a Rick Steves tour, are so valuable in what they bring to a tour. Many of our shared meals featured local foods that we might not have tried on our own. Starting in Trier was wonderful - I didn't know that it was considered the "second Rome" and had so many intact Roman "ruins."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite "in the moment" memories was in the Alps. Walking along paths beside cows grazing in the lush green grass nearby and hearing their lovely "cowbell" music - all while surrounded by the intense beauty of the Alps - was an experience I will always remember."

William

Camino, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have always been very happy with the tour guides, the itinerary, the accommodations, and the Rick Steves style of travel. Both Donald as a tour guide and Brooke as the tour assistant help to make this an outstanding trip to Europe. We were blessed with wonderful weather. We will continue to travel with Rick Steves tour company. The emphasis on exploring towns and cities with free time is truly one of the highlights of this type of travel. Please continue the good work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because I am partial to beautiful mountains, it is difficult to not select my favorite "wow" moment as the beautiful clear day with the gondola ride to the top of the Alps on the Schilthorn. Literally short of mountain climbing, one cannot experience such an incredible view."

Joan

Marlton, NJ

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing experience! No detail was overlooked. Tour guide Donald White's knowledge is incredible!! There was a perfect variety of guided touring and exploring on our own. Several options to chose from were offered by Donald and the directions to find them. Restaurants, activities and the appropriate tickets were available. This was so easy!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! For me personally, it was being directed to the Olte Wies'n tent by Donald. There I relived my childhood with the oompa band music and the Schuhplattler folk dancers. Awesome, awesome, awesome!! If we hadn't been told about this area I might have missed this most memorable experience. I am so grateful! The food here was also super! Then there was paragliding in the Swiss Alps. Amazing!"

Nancy

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took a whirlwind tour of Germany, Austria and a portion of the Swiss Alps. It's impossible to put the full experience into words except to say that we saw a lot, ate a lot and learned far more than we ever expected. The Rick Steves' tour guides (I've done two other tours) and the local guides are fabulous and I credit their knowledge and stamina for making, what otherwise would have been a "look see" type of trip into a full country and cultural experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing view from the Schilthorn summit in the Bernese Swiss Alps stands out as the biggest WOW but there were so many to choose from. We also watched the local Swiss farmers walk their milk cows through town as they brought them down from the upper pastures. That's not something I'm going to see where I live!"

John

Bowie, MD

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this trip. This was our second Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint in any way. Our tour guide Donald was fantastic, knowledgeable, funny and professional. We had a great group of people on our tour and enjoyed many of our experiences together. Our visits to Germany, Switzerland and Austria were filled with many new adventures, beautiful locations and friendly people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many of these as we visited several places that had amazing scenery and sites to see. I would say visiting the Schilthorn in the Alps was probably the most awesome site followed by attending Octoberfest which brought back to many childhood memories of my German heritage. Many of the locations had unique villages and attractions that were gorgeous and provided many wow moments for me."

Deanna

Shingle Springs, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so happy to meet such nice people, the "no grumps" clause worked for sure! The level of activity was good even for a novice hiker and the variety of activities was a good mix of history, arts, outdoor, culinary and social choices.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each time I think about it I recall something different but surely Murren was a breathtaking visit, and Vienna at night and making strudel with an opera singer and the castles and the rivers and lakes..."

James

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour. This was our first RS tour and we weren't sure what to expect. We got to see and do so many things. It was a fast paced tour but we still had time to soak it all in with time to explore things on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments. If I had to pick one I would say the Alps. When looking for a tour the chance to see and hike in the Alps was a big draw. The scenery was spectacular, every turn was like a postcard, hearing the cowbells echo through the valley. We also had the opportunity to attend the Wengen Cheese Festival - a RS through the backdoor moment. The food, festivities the fun. A big thanks to Donald for learning of the festival."

Raydeen

Camino, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would highly recommend Ricks tour itinerary, it was exceptional and very comprehensive. The ancient European history and culture explanation on the tours were interesting and a very visual experience. I have a greater sense of how large our world is and grateful to be alive in this time period.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vienna Opera house stands out for me along with Neuschwanstein Castle. Of course Murren, in the Switzerland Alps is like a fairy tale land."

Mike

Shingle Springs, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The countries we visited were lovely and our tour guide Donald was very knowledgeable of the area and took advantage of special local events when he found them. The mix of personal time and 'tour' time matched our desire and added to the overall trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular scenery in the Alps was probably the most breath taking for me. The quaint towns we visited and cable car rides up the mountain."

Gloria

Paradise, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th RS tour and the quality was top notch. The style of RS tours fit me very well, from the physical activity , quaint hotels, learning and trying new things everyday, and mixing with our fellow travelers.Donald our guide, managed all of us very well and kept it fun and always interesting with his options or his "Donald Talks" on the bus. I loved it so much that I look forward to picking a number 5 !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the gondolas up to Murren and exploring all around the countryside of this wonderful, beautiful and peaceful Swiss hamlet.We stay three nights and I needed at least a week or more. One of our fellow travelers, hanged glide off the cliff with a little help. I thought she was Amazing !!"

Rodney

Paradise, CA

Tour: 09/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

travel with people and the interaction is essential. It is so fun to listen to different people and to listen to their background and take on life. To have knowledgeable tour guides puts icing on the cake. All of Rick Steve's tour have this quality. I am so happy to have taken this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You know when you take a tour like this seeing and hearing everything every moment is a WOW moment."

Marilyn

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had always wanted to see the Swiss Alps and was not disappointed. Andrea was an exceptional guide who shared from her own experience and helped me get a better cultural understanding of Germans, Swiss and Austrians as humans with the same joys and worries as I experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I fell in love with Murren, Switzerland. I did not want to leave. I lost count of how many times I woke up to look out at the stars from the hotel room! Thank you for scheduling us to stay 3 nights in Murren."

Stephen

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. There was really never a dull moment. Our guide, Andrea Wolf set the tone with her enthusiasm and knowledge of the countries we visited. Her excitement spilled over to our group and we bonded well together. I noticed we had plenty of free time to further explore the places we were visiting and meet some of the locals on our own. I see why this tour is so popular. It didn't hurt to have had some incredible weather while visiting the Alps either.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe getting to the top Pia Gloria by Cable Car at 9800' and hiking back down into the valley was a thrill and the views were incredible. And seeing Gerhard's "Third Man Museum" in Vienna was also a memorable moment, not to mention listening to Paula's discourse in Trier on how the Jews were treated during and after WWII in Germany."

Lou Ann

Boyne City, MI

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and first experience with Rick Steves tours.... I did not know what to expect. I was very impressed with the organization and the total experience. The tour was stress-free and I loved being able to enjoy all the sights and activities without the worries of "where do I go or what should I do". Our guide, Andrea, just made the whole experience so much fun and interesting. I definitely will go on another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot say I had a specific "wow" moment...so many times, I just had to step back and take it all in. It seems like every new town or city we came to ....every beautiful landscape, churches, museums, all the architect, the people and customs, overall experiences were all "wow" moments!!!"

Carol

Columbia, MO

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was a good mix of cities and smaller towns but the distance between locales meant a fair amount of bus time. The group on the tour was great! The local guides added to the experience. Germany, Austria and Switzerland were beautiful! We were lucky enough to enjoy the cattle being brought down from the mountains in Murren, Oktoberfest in Munich, and the Festival of St. Rupert in Salzburg so the timing couldn't be beat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the parade of cows coming down from the mountains in Switzerland! That was such an unexpected treat for me. Of course Oktoberfest and fairytale castles were also special. Going to the "textile free" spa in Baden Baden with the tour guide was certainly out of my comfort zone so that would be a "wow" moment as well."

Richard

Omaha, NE

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After following Rick Steves on PBS, in print, etc. my expectations were probably unreasonably high! The entire experience from start to completion met or exceeded them in every way!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"T00 many to count!!"

Kirsten

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a busy tour, busy in the sense that every day almost didn't seem long enough to accomplish all the interesting sights we saw. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of city and countryside experiences: the peace and grandeur of mountains/lakes; wandering/exploring the big cities; and, learning so much about these countries, thanks to the wonderfully informative Andrea. I have enjoyed every RS tour I've been on but this one is close to the top of my experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular Wow moment, just an appreciation of so many new sights and experiences: Roman everything in Trier; going to the top of the Schilthorn in the gondola in spite of my genuine fear of heights; seeing the Eiger, Moench, and Jungfrau all in a row and so close up, in the sunshine; Oktoberfest in Munich; Mozart & festival in Salzburg; the drive through the mountains and lakes in Austria, gorgeous; the history lessons, 3rd man included, and grandeur of Vienna, city and museums."

James

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour. I have travelled to Europe several times but previously on my own. I was very happy with my experience. Other than a few minor difficulties with the bus I did not feel there were any material things that I would do differently. Our guide was excellent. She was well informed about the areas that we visited as well as the history of these areas. Our local guides were also uniformly very good. I was happy with the balance of "programed " time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Octoberfest was a "hoot". We had a great time. Also an unplanned happening that was fun was watching the cows come down from the mountains in Switzerland. We just happened to be there when it occurred."

Gretchen

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the plaza in Trier with 2 Euro glasses of wine, to the views from the top of the Shilthorn, to castles and vineyards, Octoberfest in Munich, and Mozart, plus "textile-free" Baden Baden!, this tour was a whirlwind of sensory delight. Our capable guide led us on hikes which ended with cheese, challenged our pronunciations with humor, and made chocolate and wine necessary food groups. What a great way to close out 2018!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was Gerhardt's niche museum devoted to "The Third Man" and WWII. His obvious passion and almost single-minded devotion to the importance of this portion of history moved me to tears. I continue to think about his project after seeing his collection and hearing him speak. Thanks for introducing us to Gerhardt and his vision of Austria and the world. If I am lucky enough to return to Vienna, I would like to find a way to visit his museum again."

Jon

Sedro Woolley, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every meal, every location, every guide was superb. Absolutely no complaints. I would prefer a few more art museums and a little more time going through Ludwig II's castle and it's exceptional art collection.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mauthausen concentration camp left an extraordinary impression on me. I was late for my return to the bus, much to Kevin's chagrin, but I lost track of all time. I wish, in fact, we would have had a little more time."

Daniel

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed the tour. Our guides, the wonderful weather we had during the trip,the many memorable places we visited, and my traveling companions combined to make this a really outstanding tour experience for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Like most folks who choose to do this tour, I think the time spent in the Swiss Alps was my "Wow" moment (or "Wow" weekend in our case). However, Salzburg probably ranks at the top of the cities we visited for me."

Mary

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! We drove through beautiful countryside, visited amazing cities and villages, and were skillfully guided the whole 2 weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We attended the most awesome-inspiring concert of Mozart, Strauss, Haydn, and Vivaldi at Hohensalzburg, the fortress overlooking the city. Also amazing: the Schilthorn visit...the Alps right in your face!"

David

Rochester, NY

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marsha and I had a fabulous time. We had been planning such a trip for a long time. This tour was all it was promised to be. The Alps are amazing and we were there when the weather was absolutely perfect. Matti our tour director was great and all the local guides were superb, adding history, context and personal story to everything we were seeing. We would do away with the stop in Baden Baden and add that day to Switzerland. The size of the group was about the right size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were breathtaking against the blue ski. The town of Murren was such a great place to stay and the gondola ride to the Schilthorn - WOW!"

Brian

Helena, MT

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an outstanding experience on this tour. Over the course of the 14 days we had so many unique and memorable experiences. I really enjoyed spending time, talking with, and learning from our tour guides and tour companions. The cities and towns we explored, our luck with good weather,amazing scenery, and fun activities and destinations made this a highly engaging tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a ton of great moments during this trip but for me it was exploring and relaxing in Murren,taking in the views while riding up to the Schilthorn, and hiking around the area. We had great weather for all the days we were there so it made for a really enjoyable time. However,I also really enjoyed my time in Salzburg. It was especially interesting to see all the activity that was occurring due to the EU summit and St Rupert's Festival."

Karl

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people and leaders, Mathia and Kevin. Museums all v.g. again many photos. American museums often prohibit pix. Meals good. Beer great, too much. We separately visited Wolfsberg austria and found it very interesting for camps in 1914, 1942, and de-nazification in 1946-48. Quaint, walkable, could be worth Steves' tour in pretty country. Third Man museum a bit long, not much historical value or connections.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren Sw a new experience, wonderful many pix and videos. Schilthorn was out of this world."

Anna

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd RSE tour. I don't know which tour to do next, but it will definitely be with RSE!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cows coming down from their summer grazing land! All through Switzerland I felt the spirit of Heidi and Peter and the old Alm Uncle."

Douglas

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fourth tour with Rick Steve's and overall it was the best as far as accommodations . The hotels were great and our tour guide, Matti was excellent. The food on The Best of Italy ???? is impossible to beat but we enjoyed everywhere we went. We were not disappointed with any part of the trip and you will see us again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed our guide in Vienna. His amusing manner and depth of knowledge was terrific."

Robert

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, my first time Rick Steves tour experience was fantastic. Everything was very well organized and there was a perfect balance of structured tours and activities and free time. The excellent organization began with the e-mails of exact details on where to meet and how to get there. I had NO questions on what was planned and where I needed to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' moment was Switzerland. Having seen pictures over the years of the Swill Alps and the Lauterbrunnen Valley I knew it was beautiful but until I arrived in Murren I had no idea of the true beauty. It was fantastic."

Joyce

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first R.S. Tour. We were nervous about the small luggage and having to lug it all around. Was fine and actually kind of "freeing" not having so much stuff. It was rated as far as "strenuous" a little below that and even tho we are in our early 70's, we did just fine!! The bus rides were good, (however, read what I had to say about the seating in the buses in a different comment), enough stops as well as Matti's historical facts, etc. etc., very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but would have to be having three days in Murren. Beautiful country!!! We walked a lot, should say hiked a lot. Went partway on the Northface trail, among the cows and farms. Also, in Lauterbrunnen, Matti had heard from his wife that the cows being brought down from the mountains to their winter barns, so he guided us where to watch that. Was a "wow" moment when the beautiful cows, with bells and head dresses, walked through town. Also, accordion player and alpine horn."

Pamela

Surprise, AZ

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4th RS adventure and they've all been outstanding. From the very first afternoon our guide, Matti, set the tone of expectation and excitement. All through the 2 weeks he shared not only his local knowledge and history of the areas, but his very moving personal stories of growing up in post-war West Berlin. As usual there was a great blend of guided tour time and free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We happened to be in Murren the day the cows were led down from the higher elevations. To see them with the huge bells and ornamental trees on their heads coming down the cobbled street was the coolest! Salzburg was my favorite city and a group of us took the "Sound of Music" bike tour. What an experience!"

Alfred

Coquitlam, BC

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was enjoyable and we had some great experiences but we seemed to do less group activities than we did on other Rick Steves' tours. Matthias had lots of optional activities organized and we appreciated that. The bus was uncomfortable - it reminded me of a discount airline.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the Moselle valley."

Jenny

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves' "no grumps policy" ensured that all 28 people on our trip were fun, adventurous and ready to roll with whatever came our way. I fully expected to have "that person" who drove everyone crazy but s/he never materialized. I think some of that was due to Matti and Kevin's ability to deal with any problem early and contain it so most folks were never even aware of what was going on. The tours, hotels, bus rides, free time, meals, stories and people were ALL wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I absolutely loved Murren and could have stayed there much longer. The Shilthorn itself was great but I loved the tranquility of Murren. We took several hikes and enjoyed the breathtaking scenery. I also really enjoyed the potentially schmalzy but ultimately wonderful (optional) Sound of Music bike ride in Salzburg. It was a glorious day and a nice break from the bustle of the festival and leadership summit that were taking place in Salzburg while we were there."

Mark

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My expectations were high and the reality exceeded them! The tour was a perfect blend of excellent familiarization jaunts, great local guides, and then free time to do our own exploring. Not having to wrestle with transport or accommodations eliminated stress and allowed for a relaxing exploration of new places. Our small group was very compatible and the "no grump" policy was in delightful effect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren, Switzerland, was just spectacular. The whole time we spent there was one extended "wow" moment. It's hard to describe how scenic locale is (we noted in our pictures that every vista was a great one). In addition to the visit to Trümmelbach Falls, the added trip up to Schilthorn, we hiked the North Face Trail and were blown away at every point by the views."

Desmond

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good tour leader (Iris). She informed us very well while on the bus about history, people, politics, customs, etc. Great combination of sites and activities. Your deep knowledge of the area was something we could not have researched. Good mix of group dinners, celebrations, and free time. Group discounts were an advantage. Great effort to encourage camaraderie in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren! It was a wonderful place to explore and enjoy."

Rick

Casper, WY

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been using Rick Steves guide books for years, but this was our first tour. Our experience with the tour, our guides, and fellow tourists was outstanding. Iris and Sandra were both so knowledgeable and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one "Wow" moment as there were so many. 1. Murren was amazing, we took a 4 hour hike through beautiful meadows with wild flowers and cows with their bells ringing as they moved around. 2. Standing on the James Bond Skyline View Platform at Schilthorn as Swiss jets buzzed us. The sonic booms bounced off of the alps echoing all around us. 3. Hallstat, beautiful in the day and at night and miles of paths to walk."

Kerma

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour. Great variety of locations and activities. Favorite part of the trip was delving into WWII history and visiting the concentration camp.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was the Nazi Document Museum in Munich that I visited on my free afternoon, Very moving display of written items from pre WWI to present. Learned a lot about why and how the Nazis came into power."

Catherine

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS tour and it was fantastic. Our guides Iris and Sandra were lovely and helpful at every turn. A surprising gem was our visit to Baden-Baden. The town was super cute. We totally loved the spa experience and we would recommend it to others! The casino was gorgeous and we enjoyed having a chance to gamble a bit that evening. Vienna was beyond our expectations, and we are making plans to go back next September (before the 8 day RS Prague/Budapest tour) to see more of Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland. We both hiked and mountain biked with the sounds of cow (and goat) bells always in the background, and the Alps all around us. It was magical. Even from someone who grew up hiking in the Pacific Northwest, this was special. Our hotel room balcony looked out over the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountains, and watching the morning sunrise was beyond description. Loved it!"

Martha

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful balance of cities, small towns, and even countryside, such as our historic farm tour in the Black Forest. People on our tour were on the same wavelength about traveling, adventure and yes, packing light! The agenda was perfect, and we got out the door early, before the tour and cruise groups showed up, avoiding lines and crowds. We enjoyed visiting places we would not have known on our own were so special, like historic Trier, Murren and Lake Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to say, because each location had it its own delights and discoveries, but my husband and I loved the various walks, hikes, and views around the village of Murren, Switzerland, especially the North Face Trail."

Julia

Tobaccoville, NC

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on this tour. The sites we saw were almost unbelievable. Had friends that did the same tour a year before and had told us we would not be disappointed, they were correct.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The North Face walk around Murren."

Alysa

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had high expectations for this tour and it met or exceeded all of them. I love the organization and efficiency of Rick Steves tours and this was no exception. The contrast between beautiful scenery and big cities was great. Our guide, Iris, was fabulous at orienting us to each new place and making sure we knew where we were located on the map and what was available for our free time each day. She did a great job of making sure we were all taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lovely days we had in Switzerland have to be near the top of the list, but there were other moments that surprised me. Spending an afternoon in the English Garden in Munich was a fun treat and I found I liked Vienna much more than I expected to. And all the food was amazing!"

Connie

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Iris and Sandra were both wonderful guides for this tour. Iris was a very refreshing change from my own experience I've had with German born women in the US and from my own German family background. I was delighted with the way she handled this tour so friendly and professionally! She was very good in giving us all the info and clear instructions and tips at each location we were at. Sandra was quite helpful to ask her questions along the way especially going thru several countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps and riding up into them on The gondolas to Mürren and clear up to The Schilthorn!"

James

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The areas we visited were very interesting with fascinating history. Plus the scenery was spectacular, particularly in Murren. But the real highlight of the trip was the people. Our guides, Iris and Sandra, were both excellent, with a lot of background knowledge and great skills for engaging the group. The local guides were all amazing in terms of their knowledge of the cities they guided us through. The members of the group were all interesting and enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite Wow moment for me was walking out of our hotel in Murren and seeing the mountains lit up by the early daylight. It was really something out of a travel show on TV but I was there experiencing it. The most emotionally challenging Wow moment was at Mauthausen and entering the room of names. All of the experience at Mauthausen was emotional but seeing the names of each individual change the experience from being about a group to being about individuals."

Linda

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour had been highly recommended by a relative, and it did not disappoint. I was a little bit skeptical about a two-week tour, but it went by in a flash. The group of travelers were very congenial, flexible, and cooperative. I hope it was a pleasure for Iris and Sandra. It certainly was for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always the countryside...Alps on a clear day in Murren, Lake Hallstatt, hiking, the view from Neuschwanstein. However, the Dom in Salzburg (5 organs) is unforgettable. Wish we could have heard them all perform in a Sunday Mass."

Susan

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it was outstanding. From the tour guides, to the places we went, to the hotels, to all that we saw and learned, it was amazing. I loved that my husband got to ride the bus and not have to drive, so that he could just relax and watch the scenery. I loved the organization of each day, and how our guide kept us informed. It was so nice to be taken care of, yet have the balance of time on our own as a family. I would definitely recommend a Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd have to say that my days in Salzberg were my wow moments, and especially the day we came into the back of the Mirabel garden on accident and found the place where Julie Andrews actually filmed the scene from the Sound of Music. I also loved Switzerland and the quietness of the beautiful village of Murren on top of the mountain."

Mark

Fresno, CA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I expected. I wasn't sure I would like such a structured vacation, but now recognize the advantages to having tour professionals handle the details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment had to be the beauty of Switzerland..The Hotel Jungfrau was terrific and I look forward to seeing the Alps my way in the future."

Judy

Atwater, CA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour and, overall, it was an amazing experience. The group of people were like family within the first couple of days. There was plenty of room on the bus, and our driver, Walter, was wonderful. When I look back, I'm in awe of everything we saw and did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. The view from our hotel room in Mürren, of the Swiss Alps, was incredible. Also, Trummelbach Falls was magnificent."

Nancy

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/08/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having been on several other RSTours I am very sold on how they operate and how they do things, making their expectations very clear. I hope I can continue to go on other RS tours. Both Iris and Sandra were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I personally enjoyed being able to visit Mathausen as I had met Simon Wiesenthal in the 1970s while an exchange student over in Europe. Prague and Budapest were other high points for me. Murren was another highlight, at the beginning, and I loved the luge ride there. The alps were gorgeous, Neuschwanstein was also a highlight though I had been there some years ago. The RST folks have the balance, I feel, in having both group time together, and then being able to wander a bit alone."

Carol

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour and each one exposed us to the food, culture, food, art, food, history, food, music of the countries we visited. I could never plan a trip as well done as a RS tour. The GAS trip was excellent each stop so different than the one before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you choose from the sweeping scenery of Switzerland to the art museums of Vienna. I learned so much which is one of the things I like about RS tours."

Robert

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the experience was outstanding. We were celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary while on the trip spending the day/night in Obertraun, Austria (Lake Hallstatt). Our guide, Donald, arranged a Champagne toast and sparklers on our dessert. Donald and a great group of fellow travelers made this anniversary extra special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three glories days in Mürren, in the Swiss Alps. The weather was clear and the mountains beautiful."

Sheila

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of this tour from start to finish! Everything was well organized with a variety of experiences in both large cities and small towns. We appreciated the balance between outdoor experiences and city experiences such as museums, castles, and cathedrals. We traveled with a great group of people who got along so well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Swiss Alps was an amazing experience! We were fortunate to have clear blue skies which gave us incredible views of the Alps and the green valleys below. One of our "wow" moments was paragliding from Murren to the Lauterbrunnen Valley below (even though this was not part of the RS tour). We also enjoyed the musical experiences of the Swiss alp horn player, the concert at the Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, and the zither player who entertained us at our last group dinner in Vienna."

Wendy

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was excellent. I liked the variety of big cities and beautiful countryside. I only wish the tour had been 1-2 days longer, with several more hours of free time in each of Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna (I realize that might be logistically impossible). In all three places, there had been one or more sights I had hoped to see, but we ran out of time. Hallstatt is problematic: beautiful but too crowded. Is there another (undiscovered?) lake village that could be substituted?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our two days in Murren were amazing. The weather was perfect. Our guide, Donald, maximized our experiences by organizing two optional activities that most of us eagerly attended: a gondola ride up to the Schilthorn and a hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. We really appreciated Donald's willingness to reserve the gondolas and train rides, which made it so much easier for us, and he even got discounted group rates for us. We also had time to hike the North Face trail on our own."

Mark

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always enjoy learning the history of the areas we visit and this was exceptional. The trip was well planned and everything went remarkably smooth. Upon reflection, I would have liked to go to fewer places but had a longer time in the places we went. However, the trip was as advertised and everything was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After a depressing (but necessary) stop at Mauthausen Concentration camp, and then learning about how complicit Austria was with the Nazis, my wow moment came when I learned about the 05 graffiti that is protected on St. Stephan's Cathedral. It's meaning: Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. It was a sign of hope to end the trip on. Other than that, the Swiss Alps were incredible and the "honesty stores" were very encouraging."

Laura

Marathon, WI

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the trip was great. Had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland."

Delos

Marathon, WI

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great. Just would like more time at the Open Air Museum. Only had time with the local guide.

Charles

Fredericksburg, VA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were totally exhausted with so much beauty, history, nature, exercise, and discovery at the end in Vienna. Our greatest discovery was Vienna. Looking forward to a return to spend days there--so much to see and do; I did not realize what a wonderful city it is. The Swiss adventures were phenomenal. The magic of a Rick Steve's tour is hard to convey to my friends--they look for comfort, we seek adventure and discovery and don't mind being our own porters. Fabulous trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very difficult to pick just one "wow" moment on a Rick Steve's tour--there are so many every tour. The most enjoyable activity as the hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. The music of the cowbells and the incredible beauty of a picture perfect, sunny day in the Alps cannot be topped. The Salt Mine Museum in Hallstatt was a total surprise. Never knew about that aspect of history= "wow!""

Terri

Elk Grove, CA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always wanted to go to Germany to see what it was like after two world wars,go to Switzerland to see the Alps and return after 45 years to Austria.This trip met all those needs.The group was fun, our guide, Donald, outstanding, our bus driver, Will, was excellent, trying new foods was quite the experience, the beer cold, the wine a wonderful surprise, and the scenery gorgeous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The days in Switzerland were extraordinary.We were blessed with clear sunny sky each day which is rare.Riding up to the Schilthorn was scary as I have a fear of heights but nothing was going to stop me.The view was beautiful.The next day hike to Kleine-Scheidegg was the best as the entire group opted in on our 'free' day.Nice walk and the scenery was better.Up close to the Alps was magical.I wanted to ride the cog railroad and my dream was complete when we rode it to Lauterbrunn."

Marilyn

Jefferson, IA

Tour: 09/04/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was the "Third Man Museum" in Vienna. It's a small, but AMAZING repository of info about Vienna during and after WW 2. It contains so much more than info about the Third Man movie. The local guide was also the founder of the museum...truly a one-man project. It will be of great interest to all history buffs. I wish I could have spent an entire day there!"

Philip

Weldon Spring, MO

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves tour, after 5 tours my expectations are rather high, and once again they were met and exceeded. What an incredible journey through the history, culture, cuisine and plain old everyday life. Well done itinerary and one of the best guides on your staff, she was amazing in so many ways. It never ceases to amaze me of the talent you find to keep you vision alive and these vacations wonderful memories for many years to come, well done.

Neil

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great tour. We enjoyed it all from the baths at Baden Baden to hiking in the Swiss Alps to listening to the Vienna Boys Choir on our anniversary. I have a little difficulty sitting on a long bus ride or standing during tours, but we made it all work. There was a good balance between educational tours and physical activities. To be honest I enjoy the physical activities and nature viewing the best. I was astounded at the beauty of Austria and Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed on a great hike that we took with one other couple to view the other side of the Eiger. The views of the mountains and valleys were breathtaking. I also loved the Sound of Music bike tour. Having the Mozart Opera singers and hall sing me Happy Birthday was definitely a wow moment as was listening to the Vienna Boys Choir on our anniversary. A more sobering moment was visiting a concentration camp which was quite impactful. I was also wowed with a beautiful sunrise in Hallstatt."

Jackie

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time and were so lucky with wonderful weather every day. Our tour guide, local guides and bus driver were all outstanding. Our group was fun and friendly. It was a very memorable trip and we learned so much. It was the right combination of cities and beautiful scenery. We look forward to our next Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were breathtaking, even more beautiful than I expected, and we had plenty of free time there for hiking."

Jerelean

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, our tour was blessed with exceptional weather, which allowed us to take maximum advantage and enjoyment of our time in the Alps. That said, the time in Murren and Hallstatt was magical, and the cities were interesting and educational. We enjoyed the local guides and the context and history they provided. Our Rick Steves's guide was amazing (she was always passing out local chocolate on the bus!) and did a great job of taking care of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was either the view of Lake Hallstatt from the deck of our hotel, or hiking near Murren with the Swiss cow bells ringing from the herds in the high country. Also being the the Hofbrau in Munich was special and the Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg was a highlight (just make sure you inquire about the price of the wine the server suggests!)."

Rhonda

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on this tour! We experienced 3 different countries and learned a lot. The tour was an excellent balance of learning, fun and free time. Our guide, Andrea was absolutely the best. She shared a wealth of knowledge and was always very helpful. If you want to make this tour perfect, I suggest 2 nights in Hallstatt instead of one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps I heard this melody in the background, very Zen like and sounding like wind chimes. It was a group of cows with all of their cowbells ringing at once. They provided the music to accompany our hike!"

Vicki

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything that I expected it to be, and more. It had the perfect mix of guidance from skilled tour guides and free time to explore on our own. The local cuisine was sooo good, and we appreciated the "extras" that our guide threw in, like happy hours, free drinks at meals, and treats on the bus. The hotels had all the amenities that we needed and were well located within walking distance of many popular sites. We saw everything that we wanted to, but didn't felt rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland!! We loved hiking around Murren. What gorgeous scenery, and quaint towns! Halstatt was also very scenic, but more crowded with tourists."

Steve

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

They guide was excellent. Tour stops were great, although I would suggest that Rick Steve's Tours move away (a little) from the "heavier" tourist locations[INVALID]-i.e. where cruise boat crowd flocks to. Seems that our group enjoyed the places less traveled (generally).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The alps. I wish that we had had another 2 days to visit/hike the Matterhorn area."

Todd

Columbus, OH

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love your tours. You have just the right mix of scheduled events and free time. Your information on the strenuousness of hiking and other activities was very helpful. There is always a lot packed in to each day and I did hit a mini wall on day 9 but I took your suggestion and carved out a little down time. Got me back on track! The size of your tours is great. I got to visit and know every member and felt that our guide could spend quality time with each of us,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren and Hallstadt. The weather was perfect in both locations. The views were breathtaking, the sounds charming, and the locals so sweet. I want to return to the Jungfrau region and spend at least a week!"

Richard

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The most difficult and unnerving part of the whole trip was trying to find the right train station in the Frankfurt Airport. Never buy tickets from DB online, they will probably not be for the correct station. Rick's pretravel info arrived too late to save us from this mistake. This set a bad tone for the first long travel day and made for a lot of really unnecessary steps on our way to Trier. This is not my first trip abroad, but it sure felt like it. The rest of the tour was great!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Wengen were the top visual stunners. The Lauterbrunnen valley left me without words for its complex beauty. Hallstatt is a close second. Vienna was the perfect way to rap up the mostly perfect two weeks. The world needs more Zither players. We should have stayed longer though, our falt."

Melanie

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it was perfect. The tour group size, locations, hotels, sights, guides were all outstanding. We will definitely tour again with RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were beautiful! We loved Murren and hiking in the Alps. Fortunately the weather was perfect!"

David

Greensboro, GA

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My third tour food was just ok. Guides where great Andrea did a great job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salsburg was behind my expactation"

Janet

Affton, MO

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW! With the exception of Baden-Baden, I wouldn't change a thing. The history lessons, scenery, food, cities, tour guide, driver and fellow tourists were all fabulous! The hotel in Baden-Baden could not have been better. The walking tour was up to Rick Steves standards, but, since I am not a shopper, spa person or gambler, there was little left for me to do there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mountains! I have always wanted to hike in the Alps and my wish finally came true! What more could I ask for !!!"

Janice

Bartlett, IL

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Best of GAS Tour is fantastic. I'm a photographer, so I thoroughly enjoyed capturing all of the amazing sights that we encountered. I came home feeling very happy. I learned a tremendous amount, saw so many beautiful sights, and took many photos. The major problem I had was that the trip was far too strenuous for me. I had major difficulties when I had to carry my approx 80# of luggage up stairs and hills. I wish the tour would help us with our luggage. I can't do more tours like this

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment is hard to isolate. I'd have to say that the Alps in Switzerland and in Lake Hallstatt were gorgeous and amazing. Unfortunately, I didn't feel well in Switzerland, because of the elevation, bringing my heavy luggage up a steep hill to our hotel, and due to the hilly roads. Switzerland had been the main reason I went on this tour, so I was disappointed that I had such a tough time there."

Keith

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea was excellent as our tour guide and Yost was an outstanding driver. Logistics were flawless. Hotels were super with great locations. Andrea made it so much more interesting with her passion, city backgrounds and relevant history narratives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps hikes"

Connie

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was excellent as always! It did seem like it took forever to get from Frankfurt to Trier on the train. I made it just fine though. Accommodations were great and Andrea was an awesome guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing everything the Alps had to offer was my "wow" moment! The views literally took my breath away!"

Timothy

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guides, bus driver, and compadres on the tour. We had informed local tour guides, great hotels, wonderful discussions. We will definitely do this again with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps. Walking into a mountain to see a river. Visiting Schilthorn and the James Bond Museum--that was different!"

Frederick

Crescent City, CA

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been using Rick Steve's travel guides & videos for years, but this was our first RST. The GAS tour exceeded our expectations. As independent style travelers, we were able to fully enjoy the group experience, as well as, maintain our sense of personal adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from the Schilthorn experience, I was "Wowed" by the optional Mozart Opera Dinner in Salzberg. The food and entertainment was excellent."

Kris

Denver, IA

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to the European continent. My daughter and I have not traveled without our husbands and decided that the Germany, Switzerland, Austria Rick Steves tour was perfect for our overall goal of seeing a good deal of Central Europe fit the bill. Our tour group blended well and our guides were very good at giving us options for what we could do wth our free time. The cities we visited were filled with old world charm and abundant historical offerings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our first "want" was to see the Swiss Alps. While we were struck with the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen valley on our arrival it was shrouded in clouds and fog and remained so for the following day. On the third day upon awaking I opened the curtains to gaze out on a clear morning before the sun had even risen over the mountains to see the snow-capped peaks on the opposite side of the valley against the blue sky. I hurried out with my camera in the chilly air to take it all in!"

Tricia

Arroyo Grande, CA

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Germany, Switzerland, Austria tour was stunning. It surpased my expectations with regard to beauty and scope. I found it well planned and executed. Our tour guide, Maddy, was energetic, engaging and informative. We would tour with him again in a heartbeat. His second in command, Bea, was wonderful as well. They worked well together and made for a complete team. I also thought the tour was well balanced in terms of scheduled time and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose which one, but our time in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, viewing the Trummelbach falls, or taking the cable car up to the Schtilthorn stand out as number 1. Comperable to that was Hallstatt."

Kenneth

Richboro, PA

Tour: 08/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful trip. With a trip covering 3 countries I saw a lot of the countryside and had great experiences in both the small and large cities. I learned so much about contemporary and past history, especially about the rebuilding of Europe after WWII.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the snow-covered Alps from the top of the Schilthorn on our one clear, sunny day in Switzerland. I had been to the Swiss Alps previously, but never had clear views like this!"

Weather

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Switzerland / Bern

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Austria / Vienna

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

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 and out of Vienna ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). The Frankfurt airport is a 3 to 4-hour train ride from Trier where the tour begins. 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.